Symptoms Of Online Gambling Addiction
Diagnostically, gambling addiction is gambling addiction regardless of whether the person gambles online, at a casino, at a racetrack, at sporting events, with friends, or otherwise.
Although there are certainly some very unique features of online gambling addiction (see much more on this in the linked articles below), for the most part, the setting is not a critical determinate of diagnosing Pathological Gambling.
With regard to gambling addiction signs, according to the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), Pathological Gambling is diagnosed when an individual meets five or more of the following criteria:
Gambling Addiction Signs & Symptoms
1. Preoccupation with gambling. This may include fondly reliving past gambling experiences, planning one's next gambling session, or planning ways to get the necessary money to gamble.
2. A need to spend greater amounts of money in order to achieve the desired level of excitement.
3. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to reduce or stop gambling altogether.
4. Irritability and restlessness when trying to reduce or quit gambling habits.
5. Gambling as a way of avoiding problems or temporarily improving one's mood (for example, gambling to reduce feelings of depression or stress).
6. Returning to gambling after losses as a way of earning back lost money (i.e., "chasing losses").
7. Lying to family members, friends, therapists, or others in an attempt to cover up time spent or money lost while gambling.
8. Involvement in illegal activities (e.g., robbery, forgery, or fraud) in order to finance gambling habits.
9. Significant relationship, job, or educational difficulties as a result of gambling is one of the most significant gambling addiction signs.
10. Relying on others for money in order to get out of a desperate financial situation that has been caused by gambling.
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