Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
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Anxiety and Depression

Stress, anxiety and depression are common both for people with gambling problems and for their families. This can make sleeping, thinking and solving problems more difficult. If you have some of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, making your day-to-day life difficult, you may have a major depression:

  • You have lost interest in usual activities
  • You feel depressed, down or irritable
  • Your sleep has changed
  • Your appetite has changed
  • You have lost or gained weight
  • You feel helpless, hopeless or despairing
  • It is hard to think and to remember things, and your thoughts seem slower
  • You go over and over guilty feelings
  • You can’t stop thinking about problems
  • You have lost interest in sex
  • You feel physically tired, slow and heavy; or you feel restless and jumpy
  • You feel angry
  • You think about suicide

If you have any of these difficulties, speak to your family doctor or other health care professional. Tell him or her about the gambling problem too. Treatment may include medications and/or counselling and other support.

Self-Help for Family and Friends
Does someone you care about gamble too much? With these interactive excercises, learn why they gamble and what you can do to help.
Gambling Quiz
Answering these nine questions will help you understand if gambling is having a negative impact on your life.
Self-Help for Those who Gamble
Do you gamble? These interactive tools will help you explore, cut down or stop gambling.
Monitor Your Gambling & Urges
Use this tool to keep track of when you gamble, or feel the urge to gamble. Mobile App also available.
Introductory Video
View a short introductory video to learn more about the Self-Help Gambling Tools.