Spousal Emotional Symptom Assessment (SESA) for Spouses of Problem Gamblers

 “Do you currently feel or notice…” … (answering in response to your partner’s gambling)

□ emotionally numb 

□ feeling vulnerable 

□ helpless or defenseless

□ unable to express feelings

□ shock or panic

□ feeling paralyzed 

□ emotional neglect

□ physical neglect 

□ shame and/or humiliation

□ anxious 

□ worry about finances

□ trouble sleeping 

□ experiencing violence

□ victimized 

□ depressed

□ less hopeful 

□ change in personality

□ less active 

□ periods of annoyance

□ the loss or absence of self 

□ feel betrayed

□ physically withdrawn 

□ emotionally withdrawn and/or isolated

□ feeling guilty 

□ do not trust self

□ do not trust others

 □ decrease in or loss of sense of peace 

□ intense and/or unresolved anger and/or resentment 

□ believe your partner is deliberately trying to punish, hurt, trap, and/or terrify you 

□ feel you can not spend money due to your financial situation 

□ feel responsible for, and/or blame yourself for your partner’s gambling problem 

□ fearful and/or expecting something bad to happen to you

□ avoid negative events, items, or people that trigger negative emotions 

□ constantly looking around for impending danger


If you checked 5 symptoms or more, contact a Gambling Addiction Treatment Professional for further assessment. Many professionals can be located through state and national gambling addiction help lines. In the US you can start with the National Council on Problem Gambling or type in search engines your state's name and 'problem gambling' such as the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling