What’s the Problem?

Gambling is one of mankind’s oldest pursuits.  It has been a pastime and a pleasure for as long as we have records of human civilisation.  Ancient Egypt, Rome and China wrestled with the problem of its destructive fringes, regulating and legislating with the same dilemmas that modern governments have today.  What is it in the human that drives it to gamble, and why does this largely playful pursuit sometimes become so harmful? I own a private residential clinic in the UK working in behavioural and mental health.  I don’t gamble, and I don’t know much about the industry. But I do know about destructive behaviour.  In 2009, I lost everything in the financial downturn and during my resulting nervous breakdown, I was introduced to a whole new generation of knowledge trying to understand my symptoms.  I learned about anatomy, neurobiology and the nervous system. And from that I learned about...

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