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3 Signs That You Are Addicted To Sports Betting

3 Signs That You Are Addicted To Sports Betting

Many people suffering from a gambling addiction feel alone. Perhaps you think that no one could possibly understand what it’s like to be you. However, you are not alone and others know exactly what you are going through. This feeling is so common that the mental health field has a name for it – gambling disorder. Psychology Today’s website estimates 3.5% of the American population have gambling disorder[1] – and that’s just in America.

There are many misconceptions about compulsive gambling. The biggest is that only people of weak character become gambling addicts. The fact is that gambling addiction is a mental illness. Mental illness can happen to anyone. If anyone reading this wonders if he or she may be addicted to sports betting, check for these three signs.

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1. Betting Becomes Your Whole World

Is having a wager now and then a sign of addiction? Not when it is just a few times a year or even once a week. Psych Guides describes gambling[2] to the gambling addict as being “compelled” to keep on gambling, even if there is no chance of ever recouping the cost of bets. Some addicts purposefully lose their winnings in bad bets because the urge to bet is stronger than even the urge to win.

The gambling addict does not manage to bet every day but wants to. Life becomes finding money to make a bet and making the wager. Everything takes a back seat to the wager – job, school, family, friends, reputation and health.

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2. Chasing the High

No one wakes up one day and thinks, “I’ll become an addict.” Becoming an addict often happens involuntarily. Just why some people can have a bet and not become an addict while others do is unknown, so it is difficult to prevent. Right now, the focus in the mental health field is on treating addictions and not pointing fingers except at one thing – chasing the high.

The “high” is not always a nice sensation. It is often just a release of tensions. For example, you have seen what smokers are like when they cannot have access to their cigarettes. They are the definition of the word tense. The only thing that can calm them down and get them back to “normal” is by smoking. This is what happens to gambling addicts too. Instead of taking that first drag, they make a bet in person or online.

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3. Money For Nothing

The most tragic sign of sports betting addiction is how the addict finds ways to get money for the next wager. This time everyone connected to the addict becomes affected. The Mayo Clinic states that people suffering from gambling disorder will lie and steal from anyone and anything to get the money.[3] If you have borrowed a lot of money from family and friends that you can never pay back then you are suffering from a gambling addiction. If you are not eating regularly, going to the doctor or paying your bills because that takes money away from your gambling, then you definitely have a problem. Gambling takes over your life like a puppeteer moves a puppet.

Another problem is that it often takes larger and larger wagers or more wagers per day or session to get the same high that just one wager used to give. This is similar to what happens to people taking drugs from the benzodiazepine family like alprazolam. The body gets used to the drug so the patient needs to take higher and higher doses until there is a crisis.

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In Summary

There are many sports betting websites that make you want to get into betting after learning how easy it is to bet. If the three signs of a gambling addiction sound like you, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. The bad news is that gambling disorder is a serious mental illness that could take control of your life. The good news is that gambling disorder is treatable through a combination of medications and therapies.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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