Gambling Commission launches new National Strategy to.
NHS: The CNWL National Problem Gambling Clinic in London has doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, debt counsellors and family therapists with special experience in helping problem gamblers. Gamcare - runs the national HelpLine and its online equivalent, the NetLine, to offer help and support for people with a gambling problem, their family and friends.
For example, gambling casinos strive to provide an exciting social atmosphere. Players often interact with, and support each other. Another cultural component of gambling addiction is the cultural acceptance of a behavior. Some states, territories or provinces have sanctioned lottery games. This suggests a cultural acceptance of gambling.
Eric Geffner, PhD, a certified California gambling counselor in Los Angeles, emphasizes that compulsive gambling is a medical disorder; the brains of pathological gamblers actually look different.
The mental health of pregnant women and new mothers has not been well measured and recorded to date but with estimates of 10-20% experiencing mental health problems, this is an area that requires further investigation and action. Poor maternal or paternal mental health will give children the unhealthiest start in life.
This means that between the people struggling with problem gambling and the people closest to them, nearly 6.7 million New Yorkers are affected and may struggle with mental health issues.
More specifically, gambling addiction may be caused by a mental health condition known as obsessive-compulsive disorder. The obsessive part of the condition refers to a person thinking obsessively about a single subject; in this case, gambling.
Problem gamblers frequently have coexisting mental health problems and substance misuse. People with mental health problems have a higher than average risk of engaging in problem gambling while unwell. Listen to the voices of some members of our research panel explaining how gambling is linked to their mental health.