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Self-test for gambling problem

the Grosse Pointe News
July 20, 2017
THE GROSSE POINTES — The adage, truth comes from within, is the partial foundation of a 10-question, self-administered assessment designed to help people discover a possible gambling problem and the need for help.

The questionnaire is derived from screening by the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center’s diagnostic screen for gambling disorders, according to Michael Mooney, vice president of the Michigan Association of Problem Gambling and a treatment provider for the Michigan Problem Gambling Treatment program.

Answer each question yes or no.

1. Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences, planning out future gambling ventures or bets, or thinking about ways of getting money to gamble with?

2. Have there ever been periods when you needed to gamble with increasing amounts of money or with larger bets than before in order to get the same feeling of excitement?

3. Have you ever felt restless or irritable when trying to stop, cut down, or control your gambling?

4. Have you tried and not succeeded in stopping, cutting down, or controlling your gambling three or more times in your life?

5. Have you ever gambled to escape from personal problems, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings such as guilt, anxiety, helplessness or depression?

6. Has there ever been a period when, if you lost money gambling one day, you would often return another day to get even?

7. Have you lied to family members, friends or others about how much you gamble and/or about how much money you lost on gambling, on at least three occasions?

8. Have you ever written a bad check or taken money that didn’t belong to you from family members, friends or anyone else in order to pay for your gambling?

9. Has your gambling ever caused serious or repeated problems in your relationships with any of your family members or friends? Or, has your gambling ever caused you problems at work or your studies?

10. Have you ever needed to ask family members, friends, a lending institution or anyone else to loan you money or otherwise bail you out of a desperate money situation that was largely caused by your gambling?

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s 24-hour, toll-free helpline telephone number is (800) 270-7117.

— Brad Lindberg

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