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Understanding Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is a mental health disorder in which an individual has a psychological preoccupation and urge to gamble. This results in excessive gambling, the outcome of which is the loss of time, money and self-esteem. The gambling can progress to a point at which it compromises, disrupts, and ultimately destroys the gambler’s personal life, family relationships and vocational pursuits.

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The Hidden Addiction
By Carol O’Hare
Executive Director, Nevada Council on Problem Gambling

In the beginning I gambled because it was fun. It was magical the way gambling freed me from the worries, fears and frustrations of everyday living. When I was tense, gambling relaxed me. When I was angry, gambling calmed me down...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Isn't problem gambling just a financial problem?
Do casinos cause problem gambling?
Can you be a problem gambler if you don't gamble every day?
How can a person be addicted to something that isn't a substance?

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Know the Warning Signs

Do you ever…

Gamble to escape worry or trouble?
Gamble to solve financial problems?
Lie about time or money spent gambling?
Feel hopeless or depressed because of your gambling?

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Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Gambling >>


Problem Gambling and the Workplace

Although not often recognized, problem gambling is a significant workforce issue. The effects of a gambling problem almost always spill over into the workplace and managers and co-workers may often be the first line of defense.

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