Health Care Professionals

Symptoms of a gambling disorder may not be overt; however, significant stress, clinical depression, secondhand smoke exposure and a sedentary lifestyle are often factors, in addition to co-occurring tobacco, alcohol, or chemical addictions. It is important for health care professionals to understand what questions to ask and what characteristics to look for to diagnose a gambling disorder. To help assess whether an individual may have a gambling problem, be aware of the following warning signs:

  • Gambling longer than planned
  • Gambling until the last dollar is gone
  • Thoughts of gambling preoccupy daily life
  • Bills begin to go unpaid
  • Attempts to stop gambling are unsuccessful
  • Criminal activity to fuel gambling
  • Borrowing money from friends and family
  • Feelings of depression or suicide after losing
  • Feelings of remorse after gambling
  • Gambling to meet financial obligations


If your patient may have a gambling problem, consider referring them to a qualified treatment provider, or visit our resources page to have materials sent right to you.