Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses gambling and addition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Pathologic gamblers cannot control their impulse to gamble. Even with the problems of losing money, destroying work and family relationships, pathologic gamblers cannot quit. Other problems often accompany pathologic gambling including depression, alcohol and drug abuse and even suicide.

Gambling can stimulate the brains reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction. Both men and women can be affected by pathologic gambling. Some experts believe they become addicted to the rush they feel when they win. Certain personality types are more likely to have gambling problems.

The treatment of gambling addiction begins like any other addiction. You must first recognize and admit that you have a problem. You should seek out professional advice about how to face this addiction. You may need treatment for depression or substance abuse. There are support groups that can help the gambler, such as Gamblers Anonymous, and the affected family, such as Gam-Anon.

If you have a gambling problem, get help before you destroy your finances, job and family.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.