Gambling Disorder


Gambling is a risky activity in which people stake something of value for the potential to win more. This can include playing a game of chance or betting on sports events. It is also an increasingly popular way to socialize with friends and family. Some studies show that gambling can help people relax and feel less stressed. However, it is important to remember that gambling has both negative and positive effects. The negative effects are called costs, and the positive effects are known as benefits. These benefits and costs are categorized into classes, including financial, labor and health and well-being. They manifest on personal, interpersonal and societal/community levels.

Unlike some other addictions, such as alcohol or drugs, there are no specific tests to diagnose gambling disorder. However, there are a number of psychological and behavioral symptoms that can indicate the presence of this condition. These symptoms may include a loss of control over spending and impulsive behaviors. In addition, some people may experience depression or anxiety. In these cases, they should seek professional help.

Those who struggle with gambling disorder should make an effort to strengthen their support network. They should also try to find healthy ways to spend time with their friends and family, such as volunteering for a good cause or joining a book club. It is also helpful to find a peer support group. One option is the Gamblers Anonymous program, which follows a 12-step model similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Other groups to consider are SMART Recovery and NAMI.