Gambling Disorders

Gambling is the betting or staking of something of value, such as money, goods, or services, on an event with an uncertain outcome. This can be done legally or illegally. It may involve a conscious decision to take a risk in order to gain something of value, or it can simply be a habit that takes hold without someone even being aware that they’re gambling. Gambling can lead to serious problems, such as strained or broken relationships, debt, substance abuse, unmanaged ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder. It can also interfere with work, school, and daily life. It is often found in combination with other personality traits and mental health conditions, and it can start during adolescence or later in adulthood.

When you gamble, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine. This can cause you to seek pleasure in less healthy ways, such as through gambling or even food. Over time, this can change your brain chemistry and you may need to gamble more to feel the same high.

There are many different types of therapy to address gambling disorders. It may take some time to find the right therapist or strategy for you, but don’t give up! It is possible to regain control of your life and stop gambling. For example, try setting a time limit for each gambling session and don’t go back once you hit that time limit. Don’t use credit to fund your gambling. Avoid chasing losses – the more you try to win back your loses, the greater your losses will be.

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