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Dr. Mark Shukhman
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Gambling (Overview)

Gambling refers to betting. Some people are considered to be addicted to gambling.


Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
28 years in practice
749K people helped
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I just admitted to myself I have a gambling issue- what do I do now?

Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
28 years in practice
749K people helped
I just admitted to myself I have a gambling issue- what do I do now?

Counselor: Get a counselor that specialzes in this particular addiction to help you with coping strategies. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Mark Shukhman
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Gambling (Overview)

Gambling refers to betting. Some people are considered to be addicted to gambling.


Dr. Paul Cohen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
2M people helped
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Which types of gambling cause the most problem gambling?

Dr. Paul Cohen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
2M people helped
Which types of gambling cause the most problem gambling?

All of them: Any form of gambling can be problematic depending on how much of a "gambler" you are; and the depths of your pockets. My advise is to avoid these activities all together...It ends up being a lot cheaper in the long run. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
55 years in practice
47M people helped
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I don't enjoy gambling anymore but can't stop, what can I do?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
55 years in practice
47M people helped
I don't enjoy gambling anymore but can't stop, what can I do?

Gambling addiction: The gambling has become an addiction and you need professional help to get the addiction off your back. Talk with your family doctor to discuss rehab specialists. Start reading books re: addiction. As gambling goes hand in hand with alcohol addiction, you may get help by attending aa and doing the 12 steps of aa. ...Read more

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Board Certified, Pediatrics
51 years in practice
5M people helped
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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
5M people helped
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How can I tell if my bf has a gambling problem?

Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
5M people helped
How can I tell if my bf has a gambling problem?

Life interference: If gambling interferes with his o interpersonal relationships than he has a problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
49M people helped
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Thnk my bf might have little gambling problem. Advice?

Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
49M people helped

There's no such a: A thing as a little gambling problem. Seek help. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Long
Board Certified, General Practice
38 years in practice
39K people helped
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Can you tell me how is it physically possible to be addicted to video games and gambling?

Dr. Thomas Long
Board Certified, General Practice
38 years in practice
39K people helped

Adrenaline rush: Video games and gambling produce an adrenaline rush similar to addictive drugs in the brain and therefore can cause addiction. All stimulate the same chemical reaction in the brain. A gradual withdrawal would be advised as with any other addiction. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
19 years in practice
856K people helped
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Isn't problem gambling really just a financial problem?

Dr. Jeff Blixt
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
19 years in practice
856K people helped

Hmm: If you live in complete isolation without any loved ones. Then maybe it could be just a financial problem for you. If this is not the case probably best to ask the loved ones what kind of problem they think it is. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
44 years in practice
6M people helped
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I can't stop gambling, even when I win I won't leave and just want to bum out, what can I do?

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
44 years in practice
6M people helped
I can't stop gambling, even when I win I won't leave and just want to bum out, what can I do?

Get help: Gambling is an addiction that is very similar to alcohol and drug addiction. Gamblers anonymous meetings are widely available and may be found in your area. Professional help through counseling and even medications may be helpful in stopping. Your family may benefit from getting family therapy for their own issues with your gambling, whether you know they have them or not.See an addiction expert. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Board Certified, Psychiatry
34 years in practice
1M people helped
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Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Board Certified, Psychiatry
34 years in practice
1M people helped
Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Fear of loss: Great question. Nobel prize winning research shows that it's the fear of loss. Sounds contradictory, right? What happens is that losing some, people won't accept the loss and keep going to make up their losses. As gambling is by design a losing game (winning for house and zero sum), losses run and worsen the cycle. ...Read more

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