Joined my first GA meeting today because I’ve come to accept that I have a problem. I was worried at first about joining due to the fact that i’m only 19 years old. I feared that I would be judged and seen as just a “kid” who lost some money. I learned that it’s not all about how much money you’ve lost but it’s more about the effects it has on you mentally. I started gambling when I was 15 through a video game online. When i turned 18 I got a job and began making a lot more money. Pretty much every penny I’ve made for the last year and a half has been spent on gambling. When i would talk to others they would think i was just being “dumb” so i would just convince myself i was just being a “teen”. My gambling then became impulsive and it was the only thing I was able to think about. It started taking a toll on my mental and physical health. I wasn’t eating as much, I would lie to my parents, friends, and girlfriend about my gambling. A couple of weeks ago I began gambling on my phone while I was at work. I just couldn’t get enough of it even though I was losing thousands. To date i’ve lost about $18k, which doesn’t seem like a lot to others suffering with gambling addiction but I knew if I didn’t accept the fact that I had a problem my mental and physical health would suffer enormously.