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Symptoms, Causes, and Effects of Gambling Addiction

Symptoms, Causes, and Effects of Gambling Addiction

A gambling addiction never ends well. Its results are always devastating not just for the gambler but also for the people surround him. The gambling problems of most people lose control depending on how much money and time they spend on it. It gives them a tunnel vision and the completely ignore responsibilities. They turn a blind eye to the adverse effects of gambling. All of their focus and energy is devoted to it.

Types of Gambling Addiction

There is diversity in gambling, so the different kinds of addictions exist as well. It is not just limited to casinos, slot machines, and cards. Getting lottery tickets and betting are also its forms.

A person can be attracted towards gambling during financial problems. It seems like an easy way of getting money, but it always leads to a never ending cycle. The cycle can only break if a person seeks help through rehabilitation. Another form of addiction is when a gambler plays just to get the emotional high which is associated with taking risks.

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Causes of Gambling Addiction

Several factors contribute to this addiction. Desperation for money, hunger for thrills and highs, a social status associated with successful gamblers, entertaining atmosphere. Once the addiction sets its roots, it is not easy to shake the habit.

Signs of Gambling Problem

The signs of gambling addiction are similar to the other addictions. Some of the common symptoms are:

  • The need to be secretive about the gaming activity.
  • The trouble with controlling the habit.
  • Gambling even when you are unable to afford it.
  • Friends and family, showing extreme concern over gambling habits.

The anxiety of trying one more time even if you cannot afford is a big warning alarm. If you want to quit but you cannot, then you have a severe problem. It is advisable to seek help in this situation.

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Psychological and Physical Symptoms

Excessive gambling can be the cause of psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and tendencies. If the gambler does not seek help, then there is a possibility that he will act on these trends. People often lose hope when they lose everything. These emotional symptoms of anxiety can lead to deprivation of sleep. It can cause pale skin, gaining weight or loss of weight, dark circles, and acne.

Effects of Gambling

Gambling can have both short term and long term effects. This addiction can lead to several other problems. These gambling problems often originate because it can serve as coping mechanism for people under high stress. People often try to get solace in drugs or alcohol. They engage in several other activities that can increase the level of anxiety because of gambling lifestyle.

Even if a gambler does not experience complete financial ruin, he will still struggle with other addictions of drugs and alcohol. Apart from the physical and emotional damage, the addiction can also cause irreparable harm to social relationships.

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Can gambling be treated with medication?

It is not possible for gambling to be directly treated with drugs. The elevated anxiety and depression can be treated through medication. The most common method of treating the gambling problem with medication is to go for anti-anxiety and antidepressants. It can help in breaking the cycle and have a chance of getting back your normal life.

Side Effects of Medication

There are always certain side effects associated with drugs. Some of these medicines will worsen your condition before it gets a little better. Self-medication is always a bad idea. Anxiety and depression are severe issues and should not be taken lightly. Self-medication for these problems can be very dangerous. Self-medication can also result in overdose.

Spreading awareness about adverse and devastating effects of gambling is critical. Awareness should be raised against destructive consequences of gambling, and people should be encouraged towards safer gaming. People should be educated about the lethal risks of gaming.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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