pathological gambling

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betting money or other valuables on the outcome of a game or other event.
pathological gambling an impulse control disorder consisting of persistent failure to resist the urge to gamble, to such an extent that personal, family, and vocational life are seriously disrupted.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A disorder of impulse control in which a person makes wagers of various types—in casinos, at horse races, to book-makers—which compromises, disrupts, or damages personal, family, or vocational pursuits
Management Gamblers’ Anonymous, a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics’ Anonymous; no phramacologic intervention has proven successful
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pathological gambling

An addiction to the state of excitement experienced while gambling. There is progressive preoccupation with betting and a need to increase the size of wagers to achieve the desired mental effect. The syndrome includes lying to conceal losses, stealing and rationalising the theft as temporary borrowing. If gambling is prevented there is irritability, restlessness and even physical symptoms.
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Reliability, validity, and classification accuracy of a Spanish translation of a measure of DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 25, 93-104.
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Critics of the classification of compulsive gambling under the DSM-III and DSM-IV claimed that "compulsive gambling" was a misnomer and that the categorization of pathological gambling as an impulse-control disorder--that is, as a compulsion--was a misconception.
The sample comprised individuals with pathological gambling, a psychiatric condition that is highly comorbid with ASPD.
Pathological Gambling: Etiology, Comorbidity and Treatment.
The sample included 108 individuals: 71 pathological gambling patients (54 men and 17 women) who consecutively attended assessment and outpatient treatment at a Pathological Gambling Unit in the psychiatric department of one of the general hospitals of Barcelona, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge and 37 healthy controls (20 men and 17 women).
Pathological gambling severity is associated with impulsivity in a delay discounting procedure.
The risk of pathological gambling increases if dopamine agonists are used in those with younger age of onset, higher novelty seeking traits, and a personal and family history of alcohol misuse.
I happen to know a little bit about gambling debts and incarceration: I had a pathological gambling addiction and lost millions of dollars.

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