Answer these questions to see if you or a loved one may have a gambling problem.
Ask yourself if you or a loved one has ever…
- Felt that you needed to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement?
- Felt restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling?
- Made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling?
- Often felt preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)?
- Often gambled when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)?
- After losing money gambling, often returned another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)?
- Often lied to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling?
- Jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling?
- Had to rely on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling?
If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, then you might want to consider looking at your gambling more closely.
You may be struggling with issues related to gambling. However, this site is not a substitute for a clinical evaluation and cannot provide an actual diagnosis. You should contact a health professional for more information and a complete evaluation. Please know that you are not alone. Reaching out for help is a big step and we encourage you to seek support as soon as possible.