Although there are many reasons why individuals gamble, some people develop a gambling addiction. This is caused by a combination of factors, including socialization, cognitive distortions and the desire to win. Some of these symptoms are easy to recognize, while others are not. For example, some individuals have a tendency to overestimate their chances of winning and underestimate the risks involved. This can cause them to act irrationally and pursue gambling even in the face of negative consequences. It’s also possible that some individuals are at risk of developing a gambling addiction due to genetic and environmental factors. This article will discuss some of the warning signs that indicate a problem and offer resources for help.