Gambling addiction, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder-is an impulse control disorder. When you can’t control the impulse to gamble despite negative consequences, a gambling addiction may exist. Common symptoms include obsessively planning for future gambling experiences, needing more and more money in order to achieve desired level of enjoyment, repeated attempts to stop, and gambling for the purpose of escape. Many problem gamblers also suffer with behavior or mood disorders. As with any mental-health condition, accurate diagnosis of a gambling addiction requires an appropriate evaluation or assessment. The treatment of compulsive gambling usually uses more than one approach including psychotherapy, medication, financial counseling, 12-step programs and self-help techniques.