Government of New Brunswick


  • recent or ongoing money problems, such as unpaid bills and mounting debt
  • white collar crime (bad cheques, embezzlement)


  • secrecy, distance
  • less time for family and friends
  • signs of stress, confusion, anger at home
  • friends, relatives, teachers, and co-workers express concern
  • missed commitments at work, home, school

Mental health

  • depression
  • extreme mood swings
  • nervousness, anxiety, restlessness
  • emotional outburst (rage, jealousy, despair)
  • suicidal thoughts

Physical health

  • loss of appetite and sleep
  • digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome
  • cardiac problems
  • high blood pressure
  • back and neck pain
  • hypertension

Gambling behavior

  • preoccupation with gambling
  • increasing amounts of time and money spent gambling
  • failed attempts to quit or cut back
  • gambling with borrowed money
  • not keeping to a spending limit
  • gambling to win back losses (“chasing”)
  • confessions of guilt
  • loss of control