Taking Control of Your Gambling

Gambling refers to any game of chance in which you stake something that has value — such as money or a valuable item — in exchange for a potential prize win. This could be betting on a football team, buying a scratchcard or playing poker. Depending on your personal situation, gambling can have either positive or negative consequences for you and those around you.

While some people gamble responsibly and enjoy it as a form of entertainment, others struggle with a gambling disorder. This can affect relationships, performance at work or school and lead to debts that leave them in financial crisis. Problem gambling can also have a serious impact on mental health. Compulsive gambling is a common psychiatric condition that can cause severe distress and loss of control.

Some forms of gambling are not as obvious as a visit to a casino, such as placing bets with friends or family on the outcome of an event like a football match or horse race. This is known as private gambling and can involve wagering anything from chips to cash. The primary purpose of private gambling is enjoyment and social interaction.

Taking control of your gambling is possible with the right help and support. Counseling can help you learn more about your relationship with gambling, think about how it is affecting you and your family, and develop new ways to deal with these urges. It can also be helpful to see a therapist who can address any underlying mood disorders that may be contributing to your gambling. BetterHelp’s online therapy service can match you with a licensed therapist who is experienced working with depression, anxiety and relationships.

By 14April2023
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