Is gambling a mental illness?
What is Gambling Addiction?
Gambling addiction is a type of impulse-control disorder. It is characterized by an inability to resist the urge to gamble, even when doing so causes serious negative consequences. People with a gambling addiction may spend extended periods gambling, often at the expense of other activities. They may also try to conceal their behavior from family, friends, and coworkers.
Gambling addiction is similar to other behavioral addictions, such as video games and internet addiction. It is estimated that around 1% to 2% of the population is affected by gambling addiction.