Pathological gambler is a term coined with despise in our daily lives. People usually associate it with greed, aggressiveness, vanity and eager to get rich without working hard. Yet there was no known gambling gene. Then how is a pathological gambler formed?
When you were mistreated and angry, have you ever had thoughts such as “don’t let me win lottery or else…” or “if I won a 3T, I would…”? The fantasies seemed to be able to sweep away the previous bad mood. What were actually behind gambling that could turn the situation upside down?
Gwen was referred by a social worker to our centre for counselling service due to her anxiety and depressive mood. She was not the one with gambling disorder, but her husband whom she had been married for 3 years. He had gambled over his limit for three times and accumulated debts, which stressed Gwen a lot.
While looking at his $300,000 of debts, Adam has never frowned. He seems overconfident. In my clinical experience, many gamblers are optimistic and positive. If they don’t gamble and invest their positivity in other aspects, they probably would have certain achievements.
“In fact, I’m not particularly indulgent in gambling.