a. One thing I learned about problem gambling & chronic mental illness?
I have learned that problem gambling can be defined as any paradigm in which a persons vocation, finances, or relationships is negatively affected due to their behavioral attachment towards gambling. Gambling may take any form in which one tries to win money in casinos, bingo, lotteries, horse tracks, and so on. Problem gambling knows no boundaries and therefore affects people of all kind in a wider scope. As a result of problem gambling, a ‘pathological’ mental disorder can also transpire in someone’s financial, familial, professional, or even social functioning due to chronic malfunction that does not help to confront the internal gambling impulses and mental pressures as they develop a schizophrenic mind-set. Problem gambling may also lead and make a person latch on substance use with things such as tobacco and alcohol.
b. One thing I learned about the similarities of problem gambling & chronic mental illness?
Although gamblers are swayed by dissimilar factors, they all tend to exhibit some analogous phenomenological characteristics. Both problem gambling and chronic mental illness may serve as one’s purpose for ‘escape’ to a point of dissociation from life’s hustle and bustle. The people affected usually have a craving for excitement, socialization, and pleasure which is subjectively similar to their loss of control, yearning, preoccupation, and forbearance experiences. Also in both instances, a person’s overall performance is adversely affected while being left and subjected to a state of low self-esteem, depression, chronic stress, and anxiety, which is on top of their financial, family, employment, and legal problems. In addition, both cases usually tend to create a comparable cycle of addiction which has a negative corollary to their behavioral change while taking on immature roles in their families and becoming the center of attention. Families in both instances also put up with a soaring rate of dysfunction which proves to have a heavy toll on the people involved with them. Both cases are also triggered and worsened by the distasteful feeling of stress, fear, depression, anxiety, and loneliness.
c. One thing I learned about the differences between problem gambling & chronic mental illness?
People with chronic mental illness which leads to pathological gambling usually gamble with huge a sum of money to consecutively realize their desired excitement and usually feel irritated and restless when trying to stop or even cutting down on their gambling rates. However, a person with problem gambling is usually preoccupied with the activity and is less enthusiastic in spending money on other things rather than gambling as they control their own money unlike the pathological gamblers. Although people with problem gambling may overtly show their gambling life to the ones involved in their lives, pathological gamblers tend to conceal their activities by lying to family, therapist, and friends about their partaking levels with gambling. While people with problem gambling use credit cards and jeopardizes their professions, most pathological gamblers usually depend on other people to finance their gambling activities or when even relieving themselves from a desperate gambling situation. In addition, although persons with problem gambling may feel guilty about their gambling activities, pathological gamblers are deeply infatuated on winning that they repeatedly return once more even after losing money. While people with problem gambling do not fall under a medical diagnostic criterion, gamblers with chronic mental disorder immensely meet the medical diagnostic criteria as they are deeply obsessed with gambling at alarming rates.
d. One thing I learned about treating people with problem gambling & chronic mental illness?
Through residential treatment and group therapy, people with problem gambling can respectively get a dedicated service which is non-hospital-based while also receiving support and advice from other victims who of gambling and also from those still in recovery. Also through cognitive-behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy, pathological gamblers can medically be examined so that their extreme gambling obsession that only strengthens their problematical gambling obscurity which also brings about the flawed observation on possibility, skill and providence can scientifically be corrected.
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