What is Gambling Addiction?
Gambling becomes an addiction when your gambling is pathological and compulsive. It is a mental disorder with the following characteristics:
- You are preoccupied and think frequently about gambling.
- You gamble with larger and larger amounts of money.
- You gamble even when you do not want to.
- If you cannot gamble, you become anxious and irritable.
- You gamble to escape problems or when you are in a bad mood.
- You try to win back gambling losses by gambling more.
- You lie when asked about the extent of your gambling.
- Your gambling is financed by illegal acts.
- Your gambling endangers your relationships or your job.
- You become dependent on people who have given you money.
A person is addicted to gambling if five or more of these characteristics apply. Each one of the above characteristics is an indication of problematic gambling behaviour.