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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.


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Is casino gambling bad for your health?

Is casino gambling bad for your health?

Can be: It can be harmless entertainment or become a compulsions leading to stress, loss of trler's anonyymois ust with loved ones, isolation, depression, anxiety etc. Gamblers anoymous offers help for compulsive gamblers. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Shukhman
120 doctors shared insights

Gambling (Overview)

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


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Isn't problem gambling really just a financial problem?

Isn't problem gambling really just a financial problem?

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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Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

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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I can't stop gambling, even when I win I won't leave and just want to bum out, what can I do?

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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What to do if a family friend's son is a gambling addict. Looking for rehab center and how much they are?

Gambling: Many questions. Great that you're concerned about your friend. Of course if they do not want help ? Long-term or 30 days 60 day not necessarily as a good therapist. Personal life situation, they have to be involved -have to like the situation and be ready. Please use internet to search out places in your area if that's what you need. If can go anywhere in the world same. Ask around for quality. ...Read more

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How to stop compulsive gambling?

Big picture: Dr. Fowler's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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Why do people develop addictions to gambling?

Depends: Each case is different, but in my practice i saw a lot of cases when people simply do not have or do not know other ways to feel good. I also believe that physiology plays a big role: possibly, they need stronger stimulation to get the same effects from dopamine. I have several approaches to treatment; including "physiological extinction" or manipulating with Dopamine level. ...Read more

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I am a 21 yr old who is addicted to gambling?

Seek help!: Gambling can be as much an addiction as a drug addiction. You certainly need to seek help. There are many support groups out there for gamblers, such as gamblers anonymous. You could also get a referral to a mental health specialist from your pcp. ...Read more

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I only bet on sports, do I have a gambling problem?

Depends: If you are asking the question, I have found that the answer is usually "yes." how much do you bet, how often, do you give up things you need for the money for the gambling, do you throw good money after bad? If you have concerns, there are psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who work with gambling issues. Check out gamblers anonymous, a 12-step free program (in your phone book). ...Read more

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Can anyone get addicted to gambling while on permax?

No: The phenomenon of impulse disorder with Dopamine agonists is actually quite uncommon. But why is Permax coming up? It is a dangerous drug, causing cardiac valvular problems, and has been removed from the us market! ...Read more