Gambling Addiction

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gambling can be fun and exciting, especially if you win. But when does this fun become an addiction? Dr. Edward Hill shares some insight in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

We all get a rush when we win. Pathologic gamblers become addicted to this rush. Some peoples personalities are more susceptible to a gambling addiction. They are unable to control their impulse to gamble and may end up in serious financial trouble. This gambling addiction can also cause depression, trouble with work or school and severe difficulty with relationships. In spite of these problems, an addicted gambler will continue to gamble.

When you continue gambling in spite of severe negative consequences, you have an addiction. Gambling addiction can be treated. Like any other addiction, the first step is realizing you have a problem. Your physician can refer you to a mental health expert for help. You may also need treatment for depression or substance abuse. You can join Gamblers Anonymous, a support group for problem gamblers. Seek help with problem gambling before it wrecks your life and the lives of those close to you.

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