Gambling Disorder

Gambling is wagering something of value on a random event with the hope of winning. In some cases, it can also involve risk and a prize. It can happen with anything that has a value, including money, property, goods, or services. Most people gamble without a problem, but a subset develops gambling disorder.

Those who have gambling addiction often experience psychological withdrawal symptoms, such as being irritable, impatient, or agitated when they do not engage in gambling. They may also become argumentative and defensive when they are confronted by family members. These symptoms can contribute to tension, divorce, or other relationship problems. They can also cause financial problems, which in turn can lead to homelessness or bankruptcy.

In addition to the personal costs associated with gambling, it can affect other people and cause harm to society. These external impacts include the economic, labor/health, and well-being costs that occur at the individual, interpersonal, and societal/community levels.

If you know someone with a gambling problem, try to talk to them about it. You can start the conversation by asking if they think they have a problem. You should avoid criticizing them or lecturing them, which will only make them feel defensive and resentful. Instead, offer to help them find a solution that works for them. It is important to remember that recovery from gambling addiction can take time. So, before committing to helping your loved one, practice self-care and ensure that you are emotionally healthy.