Gambling Disorders - Signs and Symptoms

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What are symptoms and signs of a gambling addiction?

Pathological gambling involves persistent and recurring problem gambling that includes several of the following symptoms and are not the result of another mental-health problem, like during a manic episode:

  • A preoccupation with gambling, either by reliving past gambling, planning for future gambling experiences, and/or thinking of ways to secure money to finance gambling


  • Needing more and more money for gambling in order to achieve the desired level of gambling enjoyment


  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop or reduce betting behaviors


  • Becoming uneasy or easily irritated when trying to reduce or stop gambling


  • Gambling for the purpose of escaping problems or to relieve sadness or anxiety


  • Returning to gambling after losing money in an effort to recoup losses


  • Lying to family or other loved ones, mental-health professionals, or others in an effort to hide the extent of the gambling behavior


  • Committing crimes (for example, stealing, fraud, or forgery) in an effort to finance gambling


  • Risking important relationships, employment, or other opportunities due to gambling


  • Depending on others for money to resolve dire financial situations that are the result of gambling.
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