The game is a recreational activity subject to rules that corresponds to a vital impulse of living beings. Man and almost all animal species play simply for the fun it produces.
When the game includes a bet and there is both the possibility of winning and the risk of losing, we will talk about gambling. Most people find in this type of games fun and entertainment. But for some people the game of chance stops being a pleasant activity until it becomes anguish, anxiety, depression and isolation. These people are or may end up being players with problems.
The vast majority of players do not go beyond the barrier that separates play as fun and play as a necessity and for them it is still a possibility of choice, among all existing ones, to occupy their moments of leisure and social relationships .
Experts define it as a disorder consisting of the imperative need to play, even over own will not to play. The game becomes the central axis of his life.
It does not have a single triggering cause but it is a multifactorial problem in which there is a complex network of predisposing factors that constitute the essential nucleus of the disease. Generally the gambler uses the game as an escape route to problems, internalizing it as the most effective way to deal with them.
Feel a frequent worry about playing or getting money to play, relive past experiences or planning the next adventure.
He often plays more money or for longer than planned.
You need to increase the amount the frequency of bets to get the desired excitement.
He feels irritated or uneasy when he can not play or tries to interrupt or stop the game.
He continues to play despite his inability to pay off debts despite knowing that they can increase with the game.
He has made repeated efforts to reduce or stop the game without result.
He has tricked family members, therapists or other people to hide the degree of involvement in the game.
He has committed illegal acts, such as forgery, fraud, theft or abuse of trust to finance the game.
He dedicates to the game time in which he is expected to be fulfilling his professional or social obligations.
Has risked or lost significant interpersonal relationships, work and / or educational or professional opportunities due to gambling.
Use the game as a strategy to escape from problems or to alleviate feelings of hopelessness, guilt or anxiety.
In short, if you do not have fun playing, sometimes your anxiety occurs before, during or after playing. When he goes to play, he makes the intention of not spending too much, but later, when he starts to lose, he can not stop and he runs out until the last coin. Live in another world, forget yourself and others may be affected by this disorder.