Many people enjoy gambling, whether it's betting on a horse or playing poker on the Internet. Most people who gamble don't have a problem, but some lose control of their gambling. Signs of problem gambling include
- Always thinking about gambling
- Lying about gambling
- Spending work or family time gambling
- Feeling bad after you gamble, but not quitting
- Gambling with money you need for other things
If you have concerns about your gambling, ask for help. Your health care provider can work with you to find the treatment that's best for you.
NIH: National Institutes of Health
- Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Compulsive Gambling (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Gambling Addiction (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in Spanish
- Gambling Addiction (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Help for Mental Illnesses (National Institute of Mental Health)
- National Institute of Mental Health
- Pathological gambling (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Teen Gambling (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- When the Stakes Turn Toxic: Learn about Problem Gambling (National Institutes of Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Gambling (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Effects of alcohol, initial gambling outcomes, impulsivity, and gambling cognitions...
- Article: Dissociable neural processes during risky decision-making in individuals with Internet-gaming...
- Article: Five-year-olds do not show ambiguity aversion in a risk and...
- Compulsive Gambling -- see more articles