Dostoevsky: A Compulsive Gambler
Dostoevsky recorded his struggles with Gambling Addiction in the 1800’s, yet the American Psychiatric Association did not recognize this addiction until 1980.
Today The American Psychiatic Association recognizes the disease of
Disordered Gambling as a treatable mental health disorder.
Fyodor Dostoevsky famously wrote “The Gambler” , published in 1867. Obviously not a work of complete fiction, Dostoevsky notably had first-hand experience as a gambling addict.
In a letter to his beloved Anya, Dostoevsky asks her to
“Remember too that I’m not a scoundrel, just a passionate gambler.”
Certainly one can surmise that with the expanded availability of gambling (now legal in 48 states), the incidence of problem or “disordered gambling” is likely to have increased commensurately. It has been well-documented that gambling has been around since ancient times. It would also seem, based on Dostoevsky’s letter to his wife, that gambling addiction has existed through the ages.
Get a glimpse of the mind of a compulsive gambler in Dostoevsky’s letter to Ayna Dostoevsky_Letter