Gambling Addiction or Problem Gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. The term is preferred to compulsive gambling. Among many professionals as few people described by the term experience true compulsions in the clinical sense of the word. Problem gambling often is defined by. Whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behaviour. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling. That is if the gambler meets certain criteria, or alternatively as a behavioural addiction. We have a section on Gambling addiction on our forum. Free help and advice. Addiction helpline.