Pathological gambling, also known as compulsive gambling or disordered gambling, is a recognized mental disorder characterized by a pattern of continued gambling despite negative physical, psychological, and social consequences.
Wiki Number: PW156
Diagnosis: Pathological Gambling
US Patients: 0.6 of 1%
Sex Ratio: M+;W
Brain Area: some victims have lower norepinephrine than normal gamblers, which is normally secreted under stress or thrill; or lack serotonin.
Symptoms: Continuous gambling despite negative consequences to self or family and in spite of desire to stop. Also considered an addiction.
Causes: impulsivity and comorbidity with alcohol problems; dopamine dysregulation has been observed.
Medications: paroxetine, lithium, palmefene
Therapies: Gamblers’ Anonymous, CBT, 1/3 recover by themselves
Youtube Video: A Look at Problem Gambling
Amazon or Library Book: Can’t Just Stop:
An Investigation of Compulsion (Gambling)
Support Group: gamblersanonymous.org; 626-960-3500
(Gamblers’ Anonymous International)
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- Suicidality among older Australian adultsby Britt Klein on January 26, 2023
CONCLUSION: The results of this survey reinforce the importance of social connectedness as a central and significant protective factor against suicidality among older adults.
- Harm Avoidance is Correlated with the Reward System in Adult Patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studyby Tsung-Hua Lu on January 26, 2023
CONCLUSION: Understanding the roles of harm avoidance and brain activation during risk tasks is important.
- Role for Directors of Public Health in local gambling licensingby F Junaid on January 25, 2023
- Serotonergic and dopaminergic control of impulsivity in gambling disorderby Valtteri Kaasinen on January 24, 2023
Gambling disorder (GD) is major public health issue. The disorder is often characterized by elevated impulsivity with evidence from analogous substance use disorders underlining prominent roles of brain monoamines in addiction susceptibility and outcome. Critically, GD allows the study of addiction mechanisms without the confounder of the effects of chronic substances. Here, we assessed the roles of striatal dopamine transporter binding and extrastriatal serotonin transporter binding in GD as a...