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What is Gambling?

In general, gambling is an activity that involves the risk of money, or something of value, on a random event. The aim of gambling is to win something of value, usually a prize.

Gambling is illegal in some countries. However, the amount of money legally wagered each year is estimated to be around $10 trillion. Illegal gambling is estimated to be even higher.

Gambling can have a negative impact on your life. It can make you feel lonely and unable to control yourself. Fortunately, there are many organisations and peer support groups that can help you to manage your gambling problem.

When you start to experience problems, you should seek professional counselling. Counselling is confidential and can be provided free of charge. You can also attend peer support groups to meet others like you.

Often, people with gambling addiction have family members or friends that are ashamed of their behavior. To minimize this, framing gambling as a health issue can lessen the resistance.

Symptoms of gambling disorder can begin as early as adolescence. These symptoms may include anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

Depending on the severity of the gambling disorder, there are several types of treatment. Those who have a severe addiction may require inpatient treatment. Other forms of therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and family therapy.

There are also medications to treat co-occurring disorders. However, they are not approved by the FDA for treating gambling disorder.