Pathological Gambling is an addiction to gambling, someone with this condition is also known as a compulsive gambler. Many people gamble occasionally or in a social environment, however they are not compulsive gamblers. A compulsive gambler will gamble to the extent where it can affect their life, occupation and their relationships. They will spend a lot of time thinking about their gambling, remembering previous times or thinking of ways to get money to fund their addiction.

A person suffering from this will be unable to control their gambling, often trying to stop or cut back with no success. They will tend to gamble with increased amounts of money to increase their excitement, as well as trying to chase money that they have previously lost. They may lie about their habit to family and friends to disguise the amount of time and money that they are actually spending on their addiction. They will also often rely on these family and friends to lend them money to make up for their losses, and to get them out of financial problems that are caused by their problem. When they have troubles or stresses in their life, they use gambling as a form of escape from it. It can also lead to some
Committing crimes in order to acquire money to keep on funding their gambling, this could be fraud, embezzlement or theft.

Pathological gambling can affect a person’s career, family life as well as their relationships. It can also lead to depression, alcohol and substance abuse, suicide attempts and financial hardship.