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Self-test for Pathological gambling addiction

Please answer the following questions as a guide to whether or not you may have a problem with gambling. Please note that the test is for guidance only and should not be considered as a replacement for clinical diagnosis, as gambling patterns can vary enormously.

1. Do you find yourself regularly planning your next gambling session, reliving past experiences or thinking of ways to get money to gamble?

2. Do you need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement

3. Have you made repeated and unsuccessful attempts to control, reduce or stop gambling?

4. Are you restless, or irritable when attempting to control, reduce or stop gambling?

5. Do you gamble as a way of escaping from problems or relieving feelings of boredom, helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression?

6. After losing money, do you return another day in order to attempt to win back your losses?

7. Do you lie to family members, therapists or others to conceal the true extent of your gambling?

8. Have you committed illegal acts such as forgery or fraud or used money that is meant for others to finance your gambling?

9. Have you jeopardised or lost a significant relationship, or business or career opportunity because of gambling?

10. Do you rely on others, such as friends, family or other forms of lending to help resolve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling?

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