Compulsive gambling may begin the first time someone places a bet, or it can gradually turn into an addiction over time. This problem can be very detrimental to mental health as the consequences may lead to stress, anxiety, worry, and depression.
Signs of a gambling problem may include:
Spending excessive amounts of money when gambling
Developing issues with personal relationships
Gambling interfering with work
Spending too much time gambling
Stealing or committing fraud to support gambling
Asking for loans to cover gambling debt
It’s important to be able to recognize when someone is beginning to show signs of having a gambling problem. Struggling with any form of addiction can arise as a way to escape feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or depression.