- A pre-occupation with gambling activities and obtaining money to gamble.
- An irresistible urge to gamble with an investment in the high or buzz provided by such activity.
- An increase in the frequency and amounts spent on a bet and taking greater risks to achieve the desired excitement or escape.
- Loss of control over the time and money spent on gambling – eventually risking more than they can afford to lose.
- Developing an emotional dependency on gambling as a strategy to cope with anxiety, tension, worry or stress.
- Denial of the problems.
- Compulsive gamblers often do not seek help until they are a year’s salary or more in debt.
- Compulsive gamblers often (but not always) have strong feelings of wanting to commit suicide.
A link below to an excellent article on the major increase in gambling addiction during the recession and the devastating impact and financial repercussions on families.