I suffer with anxiety and depression sometimes. It’s this time I am vulnerable to gambling. I worry about everything and everyone. I can be so good and stop for a month, then something happens. I always make a little thing into a big thing. This is when the gambling starts. I know I need to learn to deal with these thoughts without gambling. From today I will try my hardest. I have to stop on my own, I have tried everything else it’s up to me now.

Dear Deena,
thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Research does tell us that gambling is often associated with anxiety and depression, so what you are describing is not uncommon. Many people have been dealing with the issues that you have wr
itten about in your story- it must feel so very difficult at times.

But the main thing I want you to know is that you don’t have to deal with this on your own- there is help available to you. There are many free counselling services throughout NSW that help people deal with gambling problems. Some of these services are staffed by psychologists, who can also assist you with you anxiety and depression. If you want to access this free help, you can call the Gambling Help line on 1800 858 858, where they can direct you to free confidential counselling services throughout NSW. They can also provide you with 24/7 telephone counselling. You can also look for free counselling services in your location through the “Need Help?” section of the Gambling Help website- http://gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/

Wishing you all the best,
Counsellor Sam

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