Patient Comments: Gambling Disorders - Causes and Risks

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If known, what was the cause of your gambling disorder? Did you have a risk factor? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: tyrusm, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I gambled once or twice a year with my husband. Then my mother died a terrible death and I found gambling made me feel better. I started with quarters, went to dollars and you know how the story goes. From what I have read, I am the poster child for the addiction. I am a middle-aged woman with a major loss, and the addiction happened so quickly.

Comment from: 777, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I never had any interest to gamble until I joined a colleague after work at a slot bar. I won about $40 and didn't think much of it. After a while it became a habit. Two problems were that it was next to my workplace and workers got together after work to have a beer there.

Comment from: Baby ariya, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 11

I gambled for twenty years. My wife put up with my gambling habits, because I lied about always being broke. I will save my paycheck just to gamble; not buying anything that I ever wanted, and barely paying the bills and running up a huge debt. Such an addiction that I didn't care about winning anymore. Lottery, casinos, poker night every Friday night for 20 years. I used to feel sorry for my wife after I came home broke. Never bought her a gift or myself anything. October of 2017 I stopped gambling. It took a week to get it out of my system. I was tempted so badly I would get shivers. Then it all went away. Controlling myself; I haven't spent a penny on any gambling so far, not even tempted when the lotto was 5 hundred million. I accomplished some saving, paid off all my debts and oh, my wife's happiness came back. Sorry for 20 years of pain to my wife. Well, I made up with some nice gifts and a vacation. Seek help if you can't stop. You will see the difference.

Comment from: david, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I had never been one to gamble. This is how it got started. One evening about 15 years ago, I left my usual routine of hanging out with friends, usually having a beer with them. I went to another bar alone and didn't even know why I left them and why I went there. I took a beer and with my last 3 $ coins went to a machine, deposited the coins and one of my early spins I hit a royal full, collected a pot of $ 100.00. Although, at first I did not think much of it, I have not been able to quit, except for one year of abstaining.

Comment from: lindalaw, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I didn't start gambling out of control until I started taking Requip and Myripex for restless leg syndrome. With those drugs it gets out of control, but for stopping the restless leg you have no choice. I have been going to gamblers anonymous for two years and have not gambled since then.

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