Symptoms of a Compulsive Gambler

gambler at the casinoPeople can easily get addicted to gambling. The thrill and the lure of big rewards make any form of gambling truly irresistible. Even having a one-time losing streak will not deter a compulsive gambler from changing his ways.

It may even give him the resolve to gamble more, thinking that it won’t be long before that big win will eventually come to him. The gambler may harbor fantasies about the great life of luxury that easy and quick money will buy for him and for his family and friends.

Sadly, such fantasies seldom come true as most of the possible winnings are only gambled away again. This persistence and unmindful resolve of chasing that elusive jackpot can further lead to several disruptions in major areas in the life of the habitual gambler: physical, psychological, social and emotional.

Symptoms of compulsive gambling

Habitual gambling can usually starts during adolescence in men and in the later years in women. This behavior can usually progress from recreational gambling to habitual gambling. As it slowly become a habit, the urge to gamble increasingly becomes so great that it can only be relieved by more gambling. Not only that, the habitual gambler will gradually look for higher stakes in order to get more thrill and satisfaction.

The gambler becomes moody, withdrawn and irritable and preoccupied with gambling, winnings of the past and getting hold of more money with which to gamble. Depression, and a deterioration of physical and emotional health are serious signs that is brought about by a long term gambling addiction. Personal risks eventually become involved as habitual gambling will lead to the neglect of other interests, family, and work. The problem with compulsive gambling is that it can lead to isolation from family and friends.

Compulsive gamblers with their uncontrollable urges would eventually lead to financial ruin and bankruptcy. Such problems may result in possible legal difficulties. As the urge to gamble increases while resources and finances falls to zero, gamblers may resort to criminal behavior to support their gambling habit with their inability to resist impulses to gamble.

Compulsive gamblers may now start to borrow or steal money, either from family members or employers. They will try to get more resources with which to gamble and will often continue on gambling until there is nothing left at all. Bills will gradually go unpaid while available money will be spent on their gambling pursuits. Larger and larger amounts of money might be required in order to produce the same sense of excitement and thrill.

Gradually their lives revolve around their habit and increasing preoccupation with gambling. The gradual loss of control is shown by the continuation of their gambling activities even when they are either winning or losing, until all money is lost or the game is terminated.

These characteristics will later lead to severe persona or social consequences that will eventually involve family members as well as the society at large. External help and immediate treatment may be necessary in order for them to progress back into normality.


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