Gambling involves placing something of value at risk on an event that has an element of chance, for the chance to win a larger amount. This can be done with money, merchandise (such as collectible cards, marbles, pogs or Magic: The Gathering trading card game pieces), or other things of value, including time and energy. People can gamble on the outcome of a game or sport, at a casino, online, over the phone, through mail-order catalogues, in bingo halls, and with video poker and slots.
Some people can become addicted to gambling, which may result in them putting their physical and mental health at risk, straining relationships with family and friends, and even jeopardizing employment or other career opportunities. They might also lose money and find themselves in debt or worsen an existing mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, stress, or bipolar. There are many ways to stop gambling, and some types of therapy can help people address the underlying causes of their behavior.
The first step to breaking the gambling habit is recognizing that you have a problem. It can be hard to admit this, especially if you have lost a lot of money and hurt your relationships along the way. If you are ready to take the next step, get in touch with a Better Health Channel therapist to talk about how gambling has affected your life and work on repairing those relationships. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you change the way you think about betting and how it makes you feel.