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
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- Differences Between Illegal and Legal Gamblers in Israel: Gambling Behavior, Motivation, and Substance Useby Hagit Bonny-Noach on July 3, 2022
Little is known about people who gamble in illegal settings, and the extent of differences in gambling behavior between legal and illegal gamblers is unclear. The present study examined the characteristics of illegal gamblers and whether they engage in more frequent and severe gambling behaviors, and demonstrate greater motivation for gambling and substance use than legal gamblers. A cross-sectional online survey recruited 1251 people who gambled in the preceding year, of whom 13% (N = 161)...
- Examination of the Problem Gambling Severity Index for Use with Older Adults: A Rasch Model Approachby Julie A Gorenko on July 1, 2022
Research and prevalence studies commonly use the nine-item Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI; Ferris and Wynne in The Canadian Problem Gambling Index, 2001) to measure problem gambling severity in older adults. However, the appropriateness of the PGSI for use with older adults must be evaluated to ensure accurate interpretation of scores. This study evaluated the PGSI with older adults that gamble using a Rasch model approach, which has not yet been examined in the literature. Data from the...
- Exposure to gambling promotions and gambling behaviours in Australian secondary school studentsby Natasha Noble on June 30, 2022
CONCLUSIONS: Study findings point to the need to impose restrictions on gambling advertisements and promotions, particularly those presented online.
- Gambling and gaming during COVID-19: The role of mental health and social motives in gambling and gaming problemsby Iina Savolainen on June 30, 2022
CONCLUSIONS: Mental health problems experienced during the pandemic and the social properties of games might accentuate gambling and gaming problems.