Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction – also known as pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder –  is an impulse-control disorder.

If you are a compulsive gambler, you can not control the impulse to gamble even when it has negative consequence for you or your loved ones. You will gamble whether you are up or down regardless of the consequences. A gambling addiction or problem is often associated with other behaviour or mood disorders.

Gambling addiction signs and symptoms

  • Feeling the need to be secretive about your gambling
  • Have trouble controlling your gambling
  • Gamble even when you do not have the money
  • Have family and friends worrying about you
  • A need to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • Feeling restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • Preoccupied with gambling
  • Relied on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

Gambling Addiction Treatment

The biggest step to overcoming a gambling addiction is to realize that you have a problem.

There are treatments for gambling addiction such as:

  • Inpatient or residential treatment
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Counselling

rTMS Treatment for Gambling Addiction

rTMS is an increasingly recognised treatment for addictions worldwide and research has shown rTMS is an effective method of treating gambling addictions through directly stimulating associated areas of the brain.

Smart TMS offer treatments for a number of conditions including depression, anxiety, cocaine addiction, methamphetamine addiction and alcohol dependence.

To discuss this further, please contact us below.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is available at Smart TMS Ireland, based at our clinic in Dublin.