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People who gamble frequently have the attitude that money causes and is also the solution to all their problems.
Gambling is considered pathological when the impulse to gamble compromises, disrupts or damages personal, family, or work relations. The gambling behavior tends to increase during periods of stress. This sets a reinforcing cycle of gambling - life problems - stress - more gambling. Lying to obtain money and illegal activities to pay for extensive gambling debts may occur.
This disorder begins earlier in men (teens) and is generally more prevalent in men than women. This type of gambling occurs in about 2-3% of the total adult population.
Some of the signs of pathological gambling are:
If you or someone you know has problems related to gambling, call for help.
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