Pathological Gambling Disorder is one of the illnesses that are overlooked in the United States. This could be attributed to the fact that more states are legalizing gambling as one form of helping the economy through entertainment. Another factor that contributes to more people developing a Pathological Gambling Disorder is that gambling has become more available through the internet, which is by the way, still considered ILLEGAL. The last factor that could explain the illness’ prevalence is the lack of researched treatment for the disorder, when in truth, Pathological Gambling Disorder is just as serious as the psychiatric addiction to illegal drugs and alcohol.
So are you a victim of the issues mentioned above? If you are still not sure then it may help to know about the symptoms of this condition.
Pathological Gambling Disorder is characterized by compulsive impulses or risk-behavior (betting more / ‘chasing’), and at times tension, anxiety, moodiness, and excessive lying. In effect, individuals suffer from relentlessness conducts that lead to maladaptive patterns risking their job and family relationships. There are even cases when they end up committing a crime such as stealing or forgery in order to satisfy their urge to gamble. And sometimes, Pathological Gambling Disorder becomes an illness co-dependent with narcissism, histrionic, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, compulsive sexual behavior, or obsessive compulsive shopping. More so, it even indicates money worship and an abnormal ‘mystical thinking,’ wherein the gambling addicts believe that they possess exceptional (strategy) skills, side by side an excessive belief in supernatural things such as bad luck. All in all, patients of gambling addiction develops escape tendency as they continually hope to escape thinking about real life problems through gambling.
As serious as it is, most people are still reluctant to seek treatment. Partly because most people are unaware that Pathological Gambling Disorder could be diagnosed an IS treatable. Only among the hopes of gambling addicts are therapeutic meditation, one-on-one psychodynamics or psychotherapy, and (social-behavioral) aversion therapy. There are also sympathetic help-groups that could help control the urge like the GA / ‘Gamblers Anonymous.’ Some websites that could yield helpful are emotional.health.ivillage.com and gamblinghterapy.org.
You yourself could be the first one to realize and diagnose yourself as a gambling addict. There is no use denying because compulsive gambling is an illness and needs all the cure that it could get. If your lifestyle is triggered at risk for this disorder, then make a move NOW because prevention is key and is still the best cure.