He lies to his family and friends, borrows money, and loses control over his mind and behavior. Gambling addiction is referred to as ‘compulsive gambling’ or ‘impulse-control disorder’, where the behavior of the gambler is similar to that of a person who has substance addiction.
When an individual realizes that gambling is destroying his family and social life, he thinks of quitting, but in just a few hours or within a couple of days, he is again found in a gaming zone or casino. ‘Problem gambling’, also known as ‘ludo mania’, can destroy the life of the gambler and also of his/her family members. Study results show that a gambler who has not been treated for compulsive gambling during his desperation phase is likely to commit suicide. Addiction to gambling at a young age increases the risk of suicide. When a gambler with severe ludo mania meets certain criteria, the condition is diagnosed as ‘clinical pathological gambling’. Analysis of casino customer data may help identify problem gamblers, but casino owners do not share this data for fear of losing their most lucrative customers (may be 25 – 50%). Despite being aware of the serious negative consequences, or despite having a strong desire to quit, he cannot stop himself from gambling. Here are some useful tips regarding lifestyle changes to get rid of a gambling addiction.
. He may lose his job and may commit crimes to get money for gambling. Researchers have noticed increased rates of mental health disorders in gamblers with severe ludo mania. But studies show that suicide attempts are usually made by older people with problem gambling. To experience the same excitement, he needs larger wagers or more frequent gambling.
There are chances that he has other psychiatric problems at the same time; for example, substance use disorder, mood and anxiety disorder, personality disorder, etc. As he spends more gambling, he requires more money to recover his losses