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Are You a Problem Gambler?

Problem Gambling Questionnaire

If you think that you may be a problem gambler, ask yourself these questions (Taken from The American Psychiatric Association’s Manual for Diagnostic and Statistics about Mental Disorders):

  • Do you find that you are preoccupied with gambling (for example, constantly thinking about past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling opportunity, or scheming of ways to get money with which to gamble)?
  • Do you need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement?
  • Have you already made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling?
  • Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling?
  • Do you gamble in order to escape from problems or to relieve unpleasant moods (eg feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression)?
  • After losing money gambling, do you often return to try and ‘break even’ and recoup your losses (‘chase your losses’)?
  • Have you lied to family members, therapists, or others to conceal the extent of your involvement in gambling?
  • Have you committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance gambling?
  • Have you jeopardised or lost any significant relationships, jobs or educational opportunities because of gambling?
  • Have you had to manipulate others to provide you with money to relieve desperate financial situations cause by gambling (‘bailout’)?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should seek help. Smarmore Castle’s admissions team is available 24/7 to answer questions about gambling addiction or our residential rehab programme.

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Last updated & clinically assessed 2 March, 2020