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Am I a Problem Gambler?

Everybody’s situation is unique, but there are some common themes amongst problem gamblers such as a feeling of isolation, feelings of shame and guilt, a preoccupation with gambling that can start to make close relationships, social activities and work more difficult to maintain.

 Do these questions apply to you?


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Is gambling affecting my mental health?

Problem gambling can have a serious impact on your mental health.

Have you experienced any of the following recently?

  • I have extreme emotions or mood swings.

  • I feel that gambling is the only thing I really enjoy.

  • I have difficulty sleeping.

  • I often feel depressed or anxious.

  • I have suicidal thoughts.

  • I use gambling to avoid difficulties in my life.

Is gambling affecting my finances?

One of the most obvious ways in which gambling can become problematic is when debt begins to mount or when savings or money meant for other things is being spent on gambling. Problem gambling often creates debt and financial issues that become increasingly difficult to manage. Gamblers often think that continuing to gamble is the only way to get control of their finances, but it only leads to greater debt and more difficult problems to solve.

Do any of these statements describe your situation?

  • I am struggling to pay my bills on time.

  • I am juggling my credit card debt.

  • I have taken out a payday loan.

  • I am using business money to gamble with.

  • I have sold my possessions to fund my gambling.

  • I have gambled with my savings.

  • I am hiding my financial situation from those close to me.

  • I have borrowed money in order to gamble.

Is gambling affecting my relationships?

A gambling problem can have a serious impact on relationships which can make it even harder on the gambler.

Are any of these scenarios familiar for you?

  • I’m arguing more with my partner or family – especially about money, budgeting and debt.

  • I’m preoccupied with gambling and finding it difficult to focus on other things.

  • I’m spending less time with my friends and more time gambling.

  • I’m not able to tell people the truth about how much I have lost.

  • I’m stealing money from friends and family to gamble with.

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