People with gambling disorders are significantly more likely to have mental health disorders.
Research examining a large representative sample of U.S. citizens found the following lifetime rates among people with gambling disorders:
There is not yet FDA approved treatments for gambling disorders; however, some medications appear to be effective at reducing symptoms. Read more about medications that have been studied in the treatment of gambling disorders.
At the Council, we offer trainings for clinicians about how identify and treat gambling disorders in people who have mental health comorbidities. Check out our calendar of events to learn more.
Gambling Disorders and Suicide
- Mood disorders, stressful life events, and a history of physical or sexual abuse in childhood increases the risk of self-harm (World Health Organization, 2002), and these are common factors among those with gambling disorders.
- The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) states, “Up to half of individuals in treatment for gambling disorder have suicidal ideation, and about 17% have attempted suicide.”
- According to the National Council on Compulsive Gambling (NCPG), it is estimated that one in five people experiencing problems with gambling attempt suicide. This is about twice the rate of other addictions.
Should you or someone you know be experiencing problems with gambling, you can:
- call our 24/7 Helpline: 800.426.1234
- chat with us 24/7 online by clicking here
If you are having thoughts of suicide, Samaritans of Boston can help:
- call the 24/7 Samaritans Statewide Helpline: 877.870.4673
- college students and others over the age of 18 can access online emotional support between Monday through Friday evenings from 6pm to 10pm here
- Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnership with CONTACT USA and can be accessed between 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) here
- teens please call: 800-252-8336
- teens can access online emotional support through the Samaritan’s IM Hear Program, Monday – Thursday nights, from 6pm to 9pm at IMHear.org
- Crisis Text Line – is available 24/7 to young people ages 13-25
Hope is not lost for people who are experiencing problems with gambling, nor for those who are dealing with suicidal thoughts.