What is the difference between pathological gamblers from healthy people who spend fun time at the gaming table or playing the roulette? In aspiration to drive awareness to the problems of ludomania, DGFEV gaming portal has launched a series of articles dedicated to the gambling issues. Being informed means to partially eradicate the issue, so the main focus of the article is to shed light on the aspects of ludomania:
Sociologists define three main features:
- The addicted players cannot and have no desire to perceive and evaluate reality soberly, preferring the imaginary world of the game.
- In real life addicted players are constantly experiencing emotional insecurity, feeling the psychological comfort only during the game, even when losing the last money.
- In everyday life, addicted players are immature and childish. They want to get the most of the fun and good things of life effortlessly, avoiding the slightest responsibility for themselves, for their loved ones and even more, for the consequences of their actions. Defending the right to irresponsibility sometimes turns into an obsession.
Quite often an addicted player acts as important person, trying to summon up the feeling of power and luck. After all, in his mind he or she is exactly so, ready to convince the others in his rightness even at the cost of anti-social act. However, there is also a category of victim players, constantly performing the role of innate and incorrigible losers. Some researchers believe that such players are subconsciously trying to punish themselves for the wrong, in their opinion, lifestyle, gradually entering role of an outcast.
Sociological studies have established a link of play behavior with disorders in family and sexual relations. Essential is the question, why do the players not want to go back home after work. This happens mostly because of the reluctance to meet with parents or spouses, the desire to escape from boring family atmosphere, distaste for the humdrum of everyday life, loneliness, and so on overwhelm with time. This is why family and friendship relations crumble in almost all the addicted players.
Disintegration of the family goes through a number of specific steps. In the initial stage one of the spouses (usually, a wife) says that things are not so bad. Admitting some differences, they preserve the belief that the partner is just too much carried away by the game, but soon everything will fall into its place and the family will reach peace and prosperity. But gradually spouses come to understand that waiting has a killing effect. This period is often called the period of the opening of the problem.
During the second stage, the wife of an addicted player experiences a sense of guilt for her husband and reproaches himself for being unable to help him. She is worried so much that painful symptoms appear on a more frequent basis.
The third stage often ends in divorce. But sometimes rupture of relations leads the spouses to severe nervous breakdown, even to suicide.
The development pace in prospect
Such people look assertive, independent and vigorous. They are easy to spend money, especially in times of obvious anxiety and depressive symptoms. Gamblers do not even try to somehow organize the budget, save money, preferring to spend them here and now, which results in obtaining the necessary sums illegally. Of illegal means of making money non-violent ones are dominating (fraud, theft).