Depression, which is more than just sadness or the “blues”, is a common struggle for many with a gambling addiction. Moghaddam (2015) explains there is a high prevalence between gambling addiction and mental health disorders and those who struggle with depression are at a greater risk of developing an addiction, including gambling. For some, depression may lead one to gambling as a way to help cope with low moods or serve as an escape. Gambling might also be used as a way to try to bring some excitement when feeling low of down. Regardless, there is a high occurrence of depression among those who struggle with gambling addictions.
The Following Are Some Simple Tools Which May Help With Depression:
- Follow up with your doctor or a health care provider
- Exercise: exercise can help increase endorphins which promote those “feel good” feelings
- Eat healthy: this also includes water; when you eat good, you tend to feel good
- Get enough sleep
- Find a counsellor or someone you trust whom you can talk to
- Avoid alcohol and other substances
- Set small goals for each day: shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, go for a walk
- Reduce your stress if you can
- Try to think at least one positive thought each day
- Connect with a Gambling Counsellor in your area or attend a Gamblers Anonymous meeting for support
If you have more questions or require more information about gambling support, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-306-6789
Source: Moghaddam, J. (2015). A longitudinal examination of depression among gambling impatiens. Journal of Gambling Studies December 2015 Volume 31. Issue 4 pp 1245-1255.