The Relationship between Gambling and Anti-Depressants

The Relationship between Gambling and Anti-DepressantsCompulsive gambling can have a direct link to the use and abuse of anti-depressants. Compulsive gambling typically begins in early adolescence for men and between the ages of 20 to 40 for women. Because compulsive gambling is an addictive behavior that can be indicative of other types of mental illness, it is often associated with the abuse of anti-depressants. People with a gambling addiction deal with the guilt of spending money they do not have and abandoning family in order to gamble. This type of guilt is difficult to deal with and can lead to depression and the need for medication. The vicious cycle of gambling and using anti-depressants continues until the person struggling hits bottom and reaches out for help.

Compulsive Gambling Symptoms

Those who struggle with compulsive gambling may show symptoms long before asking for help. If you have a loved one you suspect has a gambling addiction, look for the following signs:

  • Going into debt or committing crimes to get gambling money
  • Experiencing restlessness or irritability when unable to gamble
  • Using gambling as an escape from problems or anxiety
  • Trying to make back lost money through more gambling
  • Being unable to stop gambling on his or her own
  • Losing jobs or relationships due to gambling
  • Lying about gambling or trying to cover up the habit
  • Borrowing money to cover losses
  • Becoming preoccupied with gambling

If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, it is time to get help.

Gambling and Anti-Depressants

Anti-depressant abuse can be another sign that your loved one is struggling with a gambling problem. Anti-depressants are used in patients struggling with depression and work by changing brain chemicals to elevate mood. Anti-depressants are highly habit forming, and taking more of the medication than is prescribed can lead to addiction. People with a family or personal history of depression have an increased risk of becoming addicted to anti-depressants. Those who suffer from other compulsive behaviors like gambling also have an increased risk of becoming addicted to anti-depressants. If you or a loved one uses anti-depressants and there is also a problem with gambling, getting diagnosed and treated for these co-occurring disorders is the best way to end the cycle of addiction.

Finding Help for Gambling and Anti-Depressant Abuse

Gambling and addiction often co-occur. If you struggle with either of these problems, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour number to speak to an admissions coordinator. We are ready to answer your questions about addiction and help you find treatment.