Pathological gamblers found to have personalty disorders

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 4th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Gamblers suffer from personality disorders and other mental issues. Pathological gambling can ruin the life of the gambler and his or her family.


Gamblers in Montreal do not have to go to Atlantic City or Los Vegas in the USA to gamble, they go to the Montreal Casino. But this past-time has many mental health issues. First of all, we now know that gambling is an addiction and many of the gamblers have mental disorders.

Even more scary is the fact that pathological gamblers are at a higher risk to commit suicide. A new study on gamblers conducted by several Montreal universities show that these gamblers usually have some personality disorders.

Gambling and suicide

“The World Health Organization estimates that suicide is one of the top ten causes of death in the Western world,” says study co-author, Richard Boyer a Université de Montréal professor and researcher at the Centre de recherche Fernand-Seguin at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital. “In addition, pathological gamblers account for five percent of all suicides. These staggering statistics motivated us to study the difference between gamblers and non-gamblers.”

Depression alcohol and depression

Alain Lesage of Université de Montréal said that gamblers who had succeeded at committing suicide had 5 times more personality disorders than the rest of the population who committed suicide. Depression and alcohol abuse was also high on the list of mental health issues.

The sad thing is that Montreal gamblers or gamblers coming to Montreal not only lose their money but they compound the problem by borrowing the money to gamble in the first place. The other said thing is these people never seek help professional and believe that gambling will solve their financial problems.

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Retired
5th Dec 2015 (#)

You look like a doctor, a social worker and at the same time, all in one. Gambling is really terrible. If today you are richest then tomorrow ,you will be a beggar

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author avatar Carol Roach
5th Dec 2015 (#)

I am a counselling psychologist

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Carol, thanks for sharing your article. This information had never crossed my path before. Thanks for bringing it to light.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Dec 2015 (#)

I do not gamble as I think one is sure to end up a loser in the end - yes, it is addictive too - siva

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