Gambling Addiction Symptoms

(Also Known As: Gambling Symptoms, Gambling Problem Symptoms, Gaming Symptoms, Gaming Addiction Symptoms, Addiction Symptoms, Compulsion Symptoms, Impulse Control Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Gambling Addiction?

Compulsive Gambling is a kind of gambling addiction manifesting uncontrollable compulsion to continue gambling as a means to recoup their losses, that can lead to pathological gambling where a mental disorder can become a possible associated occurrence. The following are signs and symptoms of pathological or compulsive gambling:

  • Taking increasingly bigger risks in gambling.
  • Preoccupation with gambling
  • Find thrills while taking bigger gambling risks
  • Taking the effort in concealing their gambling activities
  • Failed attempts to stop gambling
  • Feeling guilt or remorse after gambling
  • Lying to hide their gambling activities
  • Borrowing money or stealing to sustain their financial needs in gambling
  • In severe cases, experiencing financial ruins compromising relationships with family and career, and often attempts suicide.

There are also warning signs to be aware of that can indicate possible gambling addiction:

  • Secrecy over finances and money
  • Overdue or unpaid bills
  • New desire to control household finances
  • Unusual increase in credit card activity
  • Unexplained loans or cash advances
  • Missing credit card or bank statements
  • Missing valuables such as jewelries and cash
  • Asking friends or family for money

Compulsive gamblers always find gratification with the feeling of excitement and emotional arousal which is later on followed by guilt and remorse. The most obvious symptoms with gambling addiction is the loss of focus of the gambler to work, family, and financial responsibilities which they already neglect as the effect of their compulsion to gamble. Denial is also a characteristic behavior of compulsive gambling, that is why gamblers with possible gambling addiction should listen to those concerned with the signs they are recognizing in them.

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Related Conditions

Alcohol Addiction – alcohol abuse, withdrawal, dipsomania, alcohol dependence, tolerance
Impulse Control Disorder – pathological gambling, compulsive gambling, obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – extreme anger, uncontrolled rage, mood changes, sudden outbursts, impulsive behavior
Kleptomania – Urge to hoard things, inability to resist the urge to steal something, urge to commit theft, paranoia
Pyromania – impulsive desire to start fire to relieve tension, obtains self gratification after setting a fire, euphoria, psychosis