The words compulsive gambling, gambling disorder, problem gambling or gambling addiction are also used to describe when people experience negative impacts from gambling.
Research has shown that people who have gambling problems often also experience anxiety, depression, stress and even physical problems. This includes experiencing negative feelings, thoughts and problems coping with daily life.
Some people find themselves gambling to cope with painful or distressing feelings. Gambling seems to provide relief or ‘escape.’
However, as more and more time or money is devoted to gambling they may find that the negative consequences of gambling only increase anxiety and depression.
This can create a vicious cycle of gambling to try to relieve pain and stress, the consequences of gambling leading to more pain and stress, and then gambling more to try to escape or solve the increased pain and stress.
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Although everyone can feel low or stressed occasionally, if these symptoms interfere with your daily life, or last longer than two weeks, you may have anxiety or depression.
We understand and can help. Get started today by booking a free 30 minute consultation to hear more about your needs.
Counseling can help you with strategies to relieve stressful feelings or thoughts.
Kindbridge has online counselors specialized to help people who experience problems as a result of their gaming and who may also experience anxiety and depression. We believe in treating the whole person.
We work with you to help you reach your goals and develop sustainable long term solutions.