In Australia, the most common problem associated with gambling is typically found to be depression. In fact, up to 60% of people who are struggling with gambling issues may also develop issues with depression.
Depression is more than just feeling sad. Whilst depression manifests itself differently from person to person, common symptoms include the experience of intense feelings of low mood or hopelessness, losing interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, sleeping too much or too little, lacking energy and motivation, poor appetite or eating too much, feeling bad about yourself, having difficulties concentrating, or having thoughts about harming or killing yourself.
Often people may also report physically slowing down, or alternatively feeling more restless and fidgety.
If you or someone who know is experiencing depressive symptoms, it is important to talk to someone about it. There are a variety of health professionals who deal with depression, such as Psychologists, Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Social Workers and Counsellors.