Gambling addiction is an impulse control disorder that takes various forms, including lotteries, casinos (slot machines, table games), bookmaking (sports and horse books), card rooms and bingo. It is considered a mental health disorder and can have significant detrimental effects on various aspects of a person’s life. Individuals with a gambling addiction experience an intense and persistent desire to gamble, leading to an excessive amount of time and money spent on gambling activities. They may continue to gamble even when faced with financial difficulties, strained relationships, and negative impacts on their work or academic performance. Pathological or compulsive gambling is the inability to resist urges to gamble, leading to severe personal, familial, or social consequences.
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