The WHO notes that gambling addiction is characterized by a regular or periodic violation of the ability to control the frequency and duration of gaming sessions, the length of time spent playing games, the inability to stop playing when “negative consequences” appear.
It is also noted that in the case of addiction, games are given priority over other vital interests and daily activities. Symptoms can develop continuously over time, or they can show up with some regularity from time to time.
In addition, gambling addiction leads to significant problems in a person’s personal, family life, causes changes in his position in society, and leads to problems in school or work.
In order to diagnose gambling addiction, changes in behavior should be observed throughout the year, but this period can be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and the symptoms are severe.