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3 Key Signs of a Gambling Addiction

Learn the three key signs of a gambling addiction from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.


So the key sign of a gambling addiction is the incapacity to stop once you've started. Gambling starts to consume an enormous amount of your thoughts and you have negative consequences in your life as a result of your gambling. There's also this sense of shame, isolation, and secrecy. So you're hiding the amount of money that your spending, you're not being completely honest with other people in your life about the amount of money that your spending. There's this concept of chasing losses where you may be in the red from your gambling, but you think that the next hit, the next gamble, the next trip to the casino, you're gonna recoup all of your losses and then some, so their is this magical thinking around your gambling and how it's going to play out. So they key elements here, the key signs of a gambling addiction are the sense of shame and secrecy, this inability to stop once you start and this magical thinking that the next time you gamble you're going to win, you're going to come out ahead of the game.

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