Dealing With Gambling Disorders

Gambling is any activity in which you risk something of value (such as money, property or your reputation) for the chance to win an equal amount of value. It can occur in a variety of settings, such as casinos, sports events, horse races and on the Internet. A key factor in gambling is the decision to gamble, as well as a willingness to take risks.

People who develop a gambling disorder show recurrent patterns of unhealthy gambling behavior that cause significant problems for them and their families. They cannot control or stop their behaviors despite serious consequences, including the loss of money or important relationships. They may experience periods of less severe symptoms, but these do not prevent them from continuing to gamble.

Psychotherapy can help you identify and change unhealthy emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing. CBT helps you unlearn negative and obsessive thinking patterns and teaches you healthier, more effective behaviors. Motivational interviewing focuses on your uncertainty about making healthy changes and empowers you to push yourself to make those changes.

It’s also important to address any underlying conditions that contribute to your gambling disorder, such as depression or other mental health issues. Treatment for these conditions can reduce your urge to gamble and improve your ability to manage your finances, work and relationships. You can also find support groups and learn coping strategies through group counseling. If you think you have a gambling disorder, it’s important to get help right away.

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