Gambling is a serious disorder that can destroy life. Not only those who gamble, but also people from his immediate environment. It occurs in both sexes, regardless of culture and socio-economic status. It is more common in men than women.
Gambling is characterized by the uncontrollable desire to continue gambling regardless of the consequences. The disorder usually begins in late teen years. Typically, it develops over time, rarely seen after just one role. Many people have been involved in so called socially acceptable gambling without significant problems or consequences. However, frequent gambling or stressful situations with presence of risk factors, can occasionally turn gambling into a more serious disorder. During life crisis, stress or depression intensifies the desire to gamble. A person with a gambling problem becomes preoccupied with gambling and the way to get money for gambling.
For most gamblers, reason for gambling is not in money but in the excitement. Maintenance excitement that gambling brings includes taking increasing risks and investment increasing amounts of money. The stakes often exceed the sum which the person has, let alone can afford to lose. Unlike occasional gambler, gamblers are “forced” to play to regain the money. This form eventually becomes very destructive. To come up with the money, gamblers often borrow from people “outside the law”, with great interest, as an investment like jewelry, apartments, cars …
Gambling occurs in both sexes, regardless of culture and socio-economic status. It is not clarified what the exact cause of it is, considered a combination of biological, genetic and environmental factors. Is more common in younger individuals, especially if one of the parents had this problem. Also, more often in men than women. A woman starts later in life and usually precedes a depressive episode.
Results of new research shows that in recent years, differences in “male” and “female” pattern of pathological gambling is increasingly diminishing. With gamblers are more common substance abuse, personality disorders and mood disorders. Uncontrolled gambling may be one of the first symptoms of bipolar affective disorder.
The treatment of gambling complex. This is partly due to the fact that most people do not recognize that there is a problem. Dealing with the fact that the problem exists and that it is usually large and significant negative consequences in all spheres of life is the first step towards treatment. The treatment restores the sense of control over their own procedures and can help in solving family and financial problems.
Using psychotherapy (most often cognitive-behavioral) and pharmacotherapy (antidepressants and mood stabilizers). However, there is no psychotherapy or medication that will help if people keep their old habits and hang out with people who gamble or draws on such sites. The desire to gamble is always great because “there is hope”.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GAMBLING:
Preoccupation with gambling, the excitement of taking risks and increasing the risk of gambling, reliving previous gambling experiences, gambling as a way to escape problems or feelings of guilt, depression or inability, neglect of family and work (work, school) obligations, concealing gambling, lying to cover up gambling, feelings of guilt or remorse after gambling, borrowing or stealing money needed for gambling, unsuccessful attempts to stop.