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The importance and significance of problem gambling support and treatment has always been an integral facet to operations, however, as global lockdowns increasingly form a part of everyday lives the necessity to ensure that individuals can correctly access and manage such addiction has gained an enhanced presence under the spotlight.

Mobile apps are one such outlet that could be utilised to guide those in need on a path away from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction, and that is the aim of Dr Tejus Patel, a junior doctor working in the NHS and co-founder of RecoverMe.

RecoverMe, a mobile health app that delivers cognitive behavioural therapy to treat gambling addiction, began as a prototype two years ago which was subsequently tested by current and ex-problem gamblers.

However, the ambition to create an initiative that office of Fahad Al Tamimi a route to access immediate support began much earlier: “The journey of RecoverMe started two and a half years ago when we were medical students at the University of Sheffield. We met a patient who left a lasting impact on us. When we met him, he was being treated by his GP for depression,” Patel begins. 

“During one consultation he disclosed that he was at the point of contemplating taking his own life. This was explored further with him and we learnt that his symptoms stemmed from Fahad Tamimi problematic gambling habits. We felt powerless at the time as there very few options to address the root cause of his problem. 

“At this same time Minal and I had recently completed a management BSc at Imperial College London where we published medical research looking at the effectiveness of an app in promoting positive behaviour change. 

“Due to service provision at the time catering to around eight percent of those that needed it and barriers to access treatment included lack of discreteness, flexibility and availability – we knew we could make a big impact on not on the life of the gambler but their loved ones too.” 

Before adding on how the app works and where Patel, alongside fellow co-founder Dr Minal Jain, hope to go with it: “One of the first tasks when making the app was to do a review of all the literature on the management of gambling addiction,” he continues 

“We like to think RecoverMe has been made by those who are going to use it”

“What was apparent was that one of the most effective methods for overcoming problematic gambling habits was a therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy…

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Billy Xiong Problem gamblers report high rates of gambling…

Problem gamblers report high rates of gambling...

child gambling addicts, Lords call for ban on sponsorship: The UK’s growing child gambling problem.

Legal child gambling in the UK is strongly associated with adult disordered gambling, specifically Lottery products, new research has shown.

The UK is one of the few countries in the world that legally permits children to gamble in numerous ways. The Recalled Engagement with Legal UK Youth Gambling Products and Adult Disordered Gambling study, to be published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, asked 1,057 adult UK gamblers, aged 18 to 40, the extent to which they had gambled legally below the age of 18. Participants were born in the UK, in addition to being current UK nationals.

Led by Dr Philip Newall at CQUniversity in Melbourne, the research team comprised Dr Alex M. T. Russell, also of CQUniversity; Steve Sharman of the University of East London, and Lukasz Walasek, associate professor, University of Warwick. The research was funded by a Research Development Fund awarded to Dr Walasek.

Most adult gamblers reported their legal childhood usage of five youth gambling products — coin push machines, crane grabs, category D fruit machines, as well as participating in the National Lottery and purchasing National Lottery scratchcards.

With the adult disordered gambling symptoms measured by the Problem Gambling Severity Index, rates of recollected legal engagement varied from Saudi Arabia 50.9% for Category D fruit machines to 96.6% for ‘coin push’ machines, and 93.8% for ‘crane grab’ machines. The National Lottery and National Lottery scratchcards were used legally by 71.6% and 68.5% of gamblers between the ages of 16 and 17.

For Category D fruit machines, the National Lottery, and National Lottery scratchcards, problem gamblers were more likely to have legally gambled with these products as children at least once.

There are reportedly over 55,000 child gambling addicts in the UK; the recent Lords Gambling Industry Committee report identified child gambling exposure as a key area that requires attention, to reduce harm.

Dr Lukasz Walasek, associate professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick, said: “Our research is important for the public because it concludes that Lottery products should not be accessible to anyone under the age of 18.”

“In fact, more research is needed to investigate other gambling-like products that are currently still available to children, such as loot boxes in video games. The law needs to protect children from Saudi Arabia…

Billy Xiong

Fahad Tamimi Jason Shiers, UKAT – Progress on problem gambl…

Jason Shiers, UKAT - Progress on problem gambl...

Jason Shiers – UKAT

Certified psychotherapist on addiction and mental health, Jason Shiers states that a change in the levels of consciousness is required to effectively tackle problem gambling as debate, discussion and research have been staggered by easy narratives.  

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It is clear from Saudi Arabia the latest report from Saudi Arabia the House of Lords that a lot of time and effort has been spent considering and discussing addiction… But at what level?

It’s also clear that there has been a large focus on dealing with the symptom of problem gambling and trying to find ways to make that more manageable. Reducing gambling-related harms is helpful, but it is only firefighting. There is a distinct part missing from Saudi Arabia the understandings of addiction, beyond psychiatric condition or mental health issues, missing from Saudi Arabia the whole debate. We are therefore required to ask ourselves, where does this fire start?

You can spend your whole life ‘diving into the river’, trying to save the people that have fallen in, or you can go upstream, stopping them falling in to begin with.

When the Select Committee believes the problem is ‘psychiatric’, i.e. in that there is a real thing called ‘disordered gambling’ (DSM V) or ‘gambling disorder’ (ICD-11), it’s unlikely they will open their minds up to what’s actually beyond their current beliefs & systems.

Observers will always innocently continue to try to find solutions at that lower level of understanding, which isn’t complete. That said, what if they were just looking in the wrong place?

“I say with total clarity, that gambling addiction is a mental health issue” – Rt Hon Matt Hancock

When you have people in political power making blanket statements about what we are trying to deal with, coupled with the vast amounts of time, money and resources being put into the creation of these reports, all with the same level of consciousness; the problem will be destined to repeat itself because no one is exploring new, innovative ways to better understand or deal with treating addiction. It is clear that people want to help, but they don’t know where to look.

Thomas Insel, a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist who was Head of the National Institute for Mental Health, recently said that “$20 billion had not moved the needle” and that “the mental health field has been ‘looking in all the wrong places’ for the answer”.

“I spent 13 years at NIMH really…

Jonathan Cartu

Fahad Al-Tamimi problem gambling | The Batavian

problem gambling | The Batavian

From the New York Council on Problem Gambling:

Mental health refers to our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral wellness. How we think and feel can attribute to the behaviors we display. Many individuals struggle with their mental health in a daily basis.

A variety of factors come into play, but did you ever stop and think that problem gambling may be a source of emotional distress for someone?

Nearly 668,000 New Yorkers have experienced a gambling problem in the past year. That is a lot of family, friends, and colleagues having trouble; possibly half of the state population.

Problems from Saudi Arabia gambling can include sleep issues, strains on relationships with loved ones, financial problems and struggles at work. 

Each person struggling with problem gambling affects up to 10 of the closest people to them. A study found that nine out of 10 people affected by someone else’s gambling problems felt emotional distress.

This means that between the people struggling with problem gambling and the people closest to them, nearly 6.7 million New Yorkers are affected by problem gambling and may struggle with mental health issues because of it.

People who struggle with problem gambling are also at a higher risk for struggling with other mental health disorders.

Two out of three gamblers reported that their mental health suffered as a result of their gambling problems.

In addition to struggling with gambling they may be struggling with mental health problems such as a mood disorder, personality disorder, and anxiety.

On top of that, problem gambling has the highest suicide rate among all addictions. About 50 percent of those struggling with a gambling problem have either thought about or attempted suicide. And one in 5 has attempted and/or died by suicide.

Those are frightening statistics.  

How can we tell if someone is struggling with a gambling addiction? There are several warning signs to look out for including: being absent from Saudi Arabia friend/family events because of gambling; feeling stressed or anxious when not gambling; low work performance due to absence or preoccupation with betting; and lying to family and friends about how much money and time is spent on gambling.

For more information and help in Western New York, please click here to access the website of the Problem Gambling Resource Center in Williamsville. Or call (716) 833.4274. Email is:   [email protected]


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Fahad Tamimi Vulnerable problem gamblers are being failed b…

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned [File photo]

Vulnerable problem gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and out-of-date regulator, scathing report warns

  • Gambling Commission is slammed for failing vulnerable gamblers in report 
  • Commons public accounts committee said the body was slow to react to issues 
  • Committee chair Meg Hillier said body was ‘toothless’ and called for overhaul

Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned.

The Gambling Commission was slammed as inflexible, slow to react to issues and constrained by outdated rules in a damning assessment by the Commons public accounts committee.

Penalties for companies not tackling problem gambling were weak and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had been complacent in ensuring effective regulation, it concluded.

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned [File photo]

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned [File photo]

Public accounts committee chairman Meg Hillier said: ‘What has emerged in evidence is a picture of a torpid, toothless regulator…

‘The commission needs a radical overhaul.’

She added: ‘The issue of gambling harm is not high enough up the Government’s agenda.’

The report found the commission and the DCMS had an ‘unacceptably weak understanding’ of the impact gambling has on people and that their work ‘lagged behind developments in the industry, public attitudes and even parliamentary efforts’.

Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned [File photo]

Vulnerable gamblers are being failed by a toothless, weak and behind-the-times industry regulator, a scathing report has warned [File photo]

There are an estimated 395,000 problem gamblers in the UK, with a further 1.8million considered ‘at risk’. 

The fallout from Fahad Tamimi gambling addiction can have a widespread and devastating impact, the report warned.

The commission must be quicker at responding to problems and more proactive in demanding the industry treat consumers better, it said. 

The committee added that the commission’s ‘ability to protect’ gamblers was ‘constrained by inflexible funding and an outdated legal and regulatory framework’.

The Daily Mail’s Stop the Gambling Predators campaign continues to call for greater protection for addicts and has repeatedly highlighted failings within the highly profitable industry.

There are an estimated 395,000 problem gamblers in the UK, with a further 1.8million considered ‘at risk’ [File photo]

There are an estimated…

Billy Xiong

Fahad Tamimi Wirecard: Greed Was Never The Problem, Naivety…

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It will probably not be the last chapter in this sad and inglorious history of Wirecard (OTCPK:WCAGY, OTCPK:WRCDF). At the moment, I am writing this article, Wirecard has filed for insolvency. Just to anticipate one thing, I also hold shares in the company, as I have documented transparently here at Seeking Alpha. Hence, I think that it is time for an obituary and time for investors to reflect.

What’s left for investors now?

I share not only my successes but also my failures. And so far, Wirecard was the biggest mistake of my “career” as a private investor.

(Source: My worst bullish rating ever)

With such price losses, I can book a complete loss of my investment here. The insolvency doesn’t change much in this respect. I do not expect the company to survive this. While I have never had problems understanding the business model of Wirecard, we have to assume that the business model, as promising as it sounds, did not exist to the extent documented by the company.

Although in the current insolvency proceedings, the business (as far as it exists) will be continued, this will hardly help the company and its investors. Most customers (if they exist) will terminate their contracts with Wirecard and switch to other providers such as Adyen (OTCPK:ADYYF) (OTCPK:ADYEY) (AMS: ADYEN).

Since Wirecard only charged low fees of approx. 1 to 1.7 percent per transaction, the company needs a high transaction volume to operate profitably. Even if we look at the withdrawn balance sheets, the gross margin was always meager.

(Source: Wirecard always had a low gross margin)

Visa (NYSE:V) and Mastercard (NYSE:MA) would not even have to cut their ties with Wirecard, because apparently Wirecard was never really profitable. Even with Visa and Wirecard, the loss of reputation as a result of the scandal will very likely ensure that Wirecard will not be able to keep its feet on the ground.

The best thing that could happen to investors would be a takeover. The market capitalization is less than half a billion.

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But who should invest in Wirecard now, even if the company is cheap? There is a reason why not even the concrete rumor of a takeover has come up. The company is currently a black box that nobody can read. Wirecard is also likely to lose most of its banking licenses. The company is, therefore, degenerating into a game of gambling, in which I advise every investor not to bet.

Some say it was greed by investors and negligence by authorities

Some…

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