How gambling can positively influence mental health

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By Dr. Era Dutta

Gambling has always been a popular pastime for many young people and adults. The advent of smartphones, their affordability, and the pandemic itself have taken the game to new heights. Its growth in popularity has also led to the game developing a not-so-positive reputation. However, there is a lack of data to support the claims and further research is needed to better understand its impact.

A recent study published by leading psychiatrist Dr. Sandip H Shah and reviewed by Medical Superintendent of Mental Health in Ahmedabad Dr. Ajay Chauhan stated that online gambling is purely skill-based and skill-based. user knowledge, encouraging a healthy and competitive life. the environment and the reinforcement of the cognitive capacities of the players.

As a pastime, gambling has had a positive impact on the mental health and daily life of individuals for a variety of reasons. While the negative effects of excessive gambling are often discussed, the benefits of the activity often tend to be overlooked. Studies around the world show that video games have many benefits, such as helping to develop complex problem-solving skills and promoting social interactions by interacting with and creating an entire community of gamers.

Video games can be a great way to stimulate your mind and improve your mental health. It provides a way to unwind after work, connect with others, and excel in an activity. However, it is rightly said that too much of anything is not good for your health. Mobile gaming in moderation has more pros than cons.

Dexterity and coordination
In young people, the game helps improve hand-eye coordination, creativity and even response speed when solving logic problems. Additionally, surgeons are even encouraged to play video games to help hone their responses and skills, especially in areas such as robotic surgery or even laparoscopic surgery where a technical interface is navigated using of a precise technique.

Bonding and socializing
In a world with many issues of isolation, multiplayer games in particular help establish social connectivity and combat the loneliness and isolation often felt by many. Playing with known or even unknown players also brings a sense of team spirit, camaraderie and belonging within the gaming community.

Help mental stimulation

Requiring quick and long-term strategy, prolonged concentration, and often collaboration with teammates; play can help stimulate the deeper parts of the brain that improve critical thinking skills and development.
People with cognitive difficulties are encouraged to play games involving aspects of memory or problem solving to facilitate stimulation. Memory games as an aid are even recommended for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, among other illnesses or challenges.

Promotes problem-solving ability
Video games can also help develop reflexes or critical thinking skills that can be useful to you in the real world. Fast-paced games, for example, keep players on their toes and force them to make decisions on the fly. It can greatly facilitate decision-making and problem-solving abilities in multiple daily life situations.

Relieves stress
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all is that gambling is a way to relieve stress. The goal of designing and publishing games is for players to simply have fun. By construction, the activity is designed to be enjoyable, making it a great way to unwind, relax, and enjoy a hobby alone or collectively with the gaming community. Collaborative play encourages communication and cooperation skills, which is a great way for young people to develop team skills and learn how to build relationships with new people from different backgrounds.

Moreover, gambling also helps distract us from overwhelming feelings such as anxiety or tension. Faced with these emotions, playing video games involving bodily movements, such as golf or tennis, above all helps to diffuse anxiety and regain balance. Additionally, video games can also help build emotional resilience. In games, failure is faced head-on by repeatedly trying to overcome the challenge and eventually succeeding.

With all activity, be it running, working, painting, it all comes down to moderation. Although excessive gambling can be detrimental to your mental and physical health, it can be beneficial in moderation and contribute to well-being while simply being an enjoyable pastime.

Although the game has been around for decades, studies of its impact are still in their infancy and require much deeper analysis. As the sunrise industry grows and develops, it is imperative to research and educate gamers and consumers about the overall effects of gambling on mental health.

(The author is a consulting psychiatrist and founder of Mind Wellness. Opinions are personal.)

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