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Hi guys, never posted before but I would like to know if any of you suffer from anxiety and insomnia when you ve quit.currently not had a bet for 2 weeks and I'm determined to get my life back I used to be so happy, but the anxiety and insomnia are horrendous. I've heard this is a common side effect.would like to hear other people's experiences.

Posted : 7th August 2020 5:58 am
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Hi , 

wandadoom ,

Thanks for posting . 

I am sorry to hear that you are going through this at the moment,  anxiety and insomnia are common with gambling due to all the thoughts and feeling associated with it . You are not alone and there is plenty of support available to you .

Please feel free to contact the GamCare Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or Netline to explore the additional support available to you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you would like to talk to one of the GamCare HelpLine advisers.

I would encourage you to make an appointment with your GP surrounding the anxiety and insomnia and any other feelings you may be experiencing due to gambling.

Take care 


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Posted : 7th August 2020 10:12 am

Hi wandadoom definitely. I feel it's our brain trying to trick us. It's saying c'mon we'll feel better if we gamble...... Don't listen it's a con our addiction doesn't like the fightback. Speak to your gp if you would be up for taking medicines that help. I know a lot of people won't take medicines, other things like meditation, mindfulness, yoga others would find useful. I'm finding as the weeks to on I'm starting to even out I'm more stable,calmer,happier and I'm 8 weeks without gambling. Have you thought about GA meetings? I've started and last Monday night I felt tired as there was a lot of emotion in the conversation but I felt a calmness that I haven't felt for a long time and a sense of belonging, all these things add up. Best wishes hope you find the peace and happiness you crave, just remember you won't find it in gambling, stay strong 

Posted : 7th August 2020 12:38 pm

Thanks for the replys,it gives me hope realising these are common.i hope it improves I'm at my wit's end.trying to work with 4-5 hours sleep.i thought I was going crazy.I never realised I had a problem as I don't really spend more than I have and I do win, and walk away.but I look back at the time I've spent researching stats sites, and all I think about is horses.i plan my whole weekend around racing, holidays, days literally rules my life.but I realised 2 weeks ago that someone asked me who won the 2019 grand national and I couldn't tell them.i realised then it wasn't about the sport just the gambling

Posted : 7th August 2020 1:40 pm

From my experience anxiety and insomnia are related to gambling both during and after.


What I would say is it will improve with abstinence.

Posted : 9th August 2020 11:09 am
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