As the name of the disorder suggests, it is to do with persistent and recurrent gambling behaviours leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.
- A person is diagnosed as having gambling disorder when he/she:
- Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
- Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
- Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling
- Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g.; having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)
- Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g. helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)
- After losing money through gambling, often returns another day in a bid to regain the amount
- Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
- Had jeopardised or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling
- Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling
HOW EFFECTIVE IS TREATMENT WITH US?
We are psychotherapy specialists equipped to help people overcome difficulties they face by using highly effective types of therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, hypnotherapy, solution-focused brief therapy and experiential therapy.
Medication is not usually recommended in the treatment of mild to moderate psychological problems. However, in some cases, it may be helpful to consider a combined approach and our psychiatrists would be able to advise you further on this.
Our psychotherapists are highly trained and qualified mental health professionals with competence as either Cognitive Behaviour Therapists, Clinical Hypnotherapists or Clinical and Counselling Psychologists. Our mental health professionals have the necessary skills, competence and experience to help you overcome the negative thoughts and regain the zest for life.