Problem gamblers are often in denial of their problems — both to themselves and to people who care about them. If you are honest with yourself, you may detect some of these warning signs.
- Spend increasing amounts of time thinking about gambling.
- Need to spend more money to feel the same “rush” from gambling.
- Less ambitious at work.
- Trouble sleeping because you are thinking about gambling.
- Gamble after arguments, disappointments, or frustrations.
- Gamble to celebrate good news.
- Use gambling to escape stress, guilt, or depression.
- Become restless or irritable if you try to reduce or stop gambling.
- Feelings of despair, dread, or worthlessness.
- Increasing levels of stress, anxiety, or depression.
- Thoughts of suicide.
Behavioural changes are less noticeable and are somewhat easier to hide from others.
- Gambling longer than you intended.
- Often gambling alone.
- Spend increasing amounts of time gambling.
- Boasting about big wins and downplaying losses.
- Lie to cover up the extent of your gambling.
- Failed in multiple attempts to reduce or stop gambling.
- Jeopardize relationships, work, or school because of gambling.
- Reputation suffers because of gambling.
- Less productive at work.
- Increasing marital problems.
- Neglect family and personal needs to gamble instead.
- Abuse of alcohol or other drugs.
- Suicide attempts.
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