Bet Your Life – Signs of Compulsive Gambling

Symptoms or signs of being a pathological gambler include:

  • Preoccupation with gambling, reliving past gambling experiences or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble.
  • A need to gamble with increasing amounts of money to achieve the desired excitement.
  • Repeated and unsuccessful attempts to control, cut back or stop gambling.
  • Restlessness or irritability when attempting to cut down or stop gambling;
  • Gambling as a way to escape from problems or relieve a depressed or unhappy mood.
  • After losing money, returning another day to get even or "chase" one’s losses.
  • Lying to family members, therapists or others to conceal the extent of involvement in gambling.
  • Committing illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement to finance gambling.
  • Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.
  • Reliance on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling.

Overcoming Compulsive Gambling (Overcoming)

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