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 Treatment Services Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
- Compulsive Gambling (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- Help for Mental Illnesses (National Institute of Mental Health) Also in Spanish
- National Institute of Mental Health Also in Spanish
- Pathological gambling (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Teen Gambling (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Gambling (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Gambling in Spanish Adolescents: Prevalence and Association with Mental Health Indicators.
- Article: Alexithymia, Dissociation, and Family Functioning in a Sample of Online Gamblers:...
- Article: Risk Factors for Increased Online Gambling during COVID-19 Lockdowns in New...
- Compulsive Gambling -- see more articles