gambling, pathological

gambling, pathological

Frequent, compulsive, uncontrolled, or addictive wagering or betting.


The person may exhibit a constant preoccupation with gambling, resulting in impairment of social functioning or job performance; tolerance for very high levels of risk; denial of involvement in wagering activity; and anxiety, depression, irritability, or other withdrawal symptoms when unable to gamble.


Some drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease have been associated with the sudden onset of pathological gambling.
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IMPACT OF PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING, PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING: A CRITICAL Review 11-12, 20, 23-24 (1999), available at NBK230630/pdf/TOC.pdf ("[F]or most researchers and many clinicians, the notion of compulsive gambling as a description of pathological gamblers is a technical misnomer." (citation omitted)).
The most severe form of gambling, pathological gambling, is recognized as a mental health disorder (Petry 2005).