Gambling can have serious consequences. It can cause thoughts of suicide or self-harm. If you have such thoughts, call 999 immediately or visit A&E. Problem gamblers tend to be more vulnerable to mental health problems. Gambling may be their only way to feel better about themselves, or it may be a way to distract themselves from the negative effects of their situation. Financial crisis can also trigger a gambling problem. StepChange offers free debt advice.
Problem gamblers have other behavioral and mood disorders
A systematic review of community-representative sample of problem gamblers revealed a high prevalence of substance abuse. The proportion of problem gamblers presenting with a mood or substance use disorder was almost ten times greater than that of nongamblers. The authors concluded that problem gambling is often comorbid with other mood or behavioral disorders. They also found a link between gambling and other types of substance abuse.
They engage in risky behaviours
Studies show that young people who engage in risky behaviours when gambling are more likely to experience unintended consequences and problems with the law. Such problems can include theft, borrowing, truancy, and poor academic performance. In addition to these consequences, young people who engage in risky behaviours when gambling are more likely to report a broader range of problems with society. The study highlights the importance of identifying risky gambling behaviors and understanding the underlying psychology of this type of behavior.
They have trouble managing their emotions
Pathological gamblers are often unable to control their emotions and their behavior is characterized by impulsivity and distorted emotions. This study compared the emotions of pathological gamblers to those of healthy community controls. Using an eight-cluster model, we found that each of the five emotion indicators contributed to the overall model. Intensity of sadness was highest across clusters, followed by Fear, Joy, and Anger. The least common emotion, Disgust, was the least expressed, with an R2 value of 0.20.
They get into trouble
While most people gamble without any problems, problem gamblers can find their lives changed irrevocably. Problem gamblers often spend money they should be spending on necessities or borrow from friends and family. Problem gambling can even lead to marriage problems and financial disaster. Some problem gamblers even turn to illegal activities. Whether the problem is minor or serious, the symptoms of problem gambling are surprisingly similar. To help identify problem gamblers, you need to consider the signs and symptoms that are associated with this behavior.
They seek help
People who are concerned about problem gamblers often call the help line and decline to identify themselves. Instead, they share the most intimate details of their lives. Gambling is a hidden addiction, one that is difficult for others to see. In addition, problem gamblers do not smell sports betting on their breath, and they do not pass out due to an overdose. People with gambling problems have higher rates of feeling like they lead a secret life.