‘Severe Gambling Disorder’ and ‘Compulsive Gambling Problem’ are the other names for gambling addiction, a common problem in many countries these days. This is a major issue that affects men, women and even children from across the world, and it is often astonishing to understand when gambling activities turn into an addiction. Here are 5 warning signs of the gambling activities of a loved one turning into online gambling addiction.
It is common to find such people steal money or pawn valuable items such as jewelry, embezzle money from employers, con people and indulge in other illegal behaviors. Gamblers are slowly but increasingly drawn to criminal activities.
Lack of productive behavior and indulging in procrastination is common for gamblers. They tend to procrastinate and put off important activities for later. This can hinder the progress of gamblers in almost every aspect of life, and lead to inability to honor personal and professional commitments.
Gambling addiction ultimately results in apathy, which often make gamblers unable to retain their marriage or hold on to a job. However, even in the face of a breakdown of family or loss of a lucrative job or business contract, they seem to be apathetic. They appear to be concerned only about the next gambling session and making wins to offset the previous losses.
If you find your loved one alternating between joy and grief, and suffering from prolonged periods of ‘blues’ or depression, the mood swings can be indicative of the emotions experienced by him or her when they win or lose during gambling sessions.
Gamblers spend most of the day concentrating on their betting activities, and thus suffer from low attention levels. They are unable to focus on other aspects of life, such as personal relationships, professional commitments, health, hygiene and more.