Many people associate gambling activities with adults. This perception is probably due to the capacity of adults to produce financial resources needed when participating in gambling activities. Yet, the increasing popularity of gambling has created a new age-specific trend in different countries.
There are researches and reports published nowadays that support the belief that there are an increasing number of teenagers involved in gambling events. One of the factors that contributed to the interest of teenagers in gambling is the improved accessibility to online gambling. Some researchers found that among teenagers who engage in gambling activities, four to seven percent of them are victims of gambling addiction.
Because of the alarming trend, social analysts determined some socio-psychological elements that contribute to gambling addiction among teenagers. They believe that most adolescent gamblers see gambling as a way to seek attention from their loved-ones and friends. There are also some teenagers who participate in gambling activities to have fun.
Social analysts believe that families especially parents play a significant role in identifying whether their children belong to the proportion of teenagers who are suffering from the mental condition known as compulsive gambling. The change in the behavior of their children is a sign of gambling addiction. If parents observed that their children have a frequent, abrupt and unexplainable need for money and if they observed that their children have an abnormal reaction to any sports event, they should seek professional help to assess whether their children are experiencing gambling addiction.
Medical experts see compulsive gambling as a mental disorder. It is a condition wherein a patient failed to control the urge to participate in gambling activities despite of the risks associated with frequent betting. In this regard, it is important that parents visit institutions and social groups that can help their children, in case they are suffering from this mental condition.
If these institutions failed to help teen gamblers to recover, it is necessary that parents seek help from psychiatrists. Psychiatrists prescribe patients suffering from compulsive gambling some drugs to reduce the urge to gamble, Some of the efficient drugs prescribe to teen gamblers are fluvoxamine, valproate and lithium carbonate.
Families specifically the parents of teen gamblers are the key to prevent the population of teenagers suffering from gambling addiction increase. It is important that they monitor the activities and whereabouts of their children to save them from further problems caused by being victims of compulsive gambling. Their participation in preventing their children from being gambling addicts is important to ensure that their children have a brighter future ahead of them.