pathological gambling


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gambling

 [gamb´ling]
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.
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

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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The sample comprised individuals with pathological gambling, a psychiatric condition that is highly comorbid with ASPD.
The study also found that antisocial personality, social anxiety disorder, and PTSD were more frequent in the relatives of pathological gamblers independent of whether the relative also had pathological gambling.
Symes, Brent A and Richard M Nicki 1997 'A preliminary consideration of cue-exposure, response-prevention treatment for pathological gambling behaviour: Two case studies', Journal of Gambling Studies 13:145-57.
Seventy-four percent of students reported taking part in drinking games, 39% met the criteria for binge drinking, 17% met the criteria for problem gambling, and 42% met the criteria for probable pathological gambling.
Interestingly, only one of the official symptoms for pathological gambling specifically identifies a contingency that might be controlling the person's gambling behavior; that the person gambles as an escape.
Features of pathological gambling differ from other forms of addiction for which professionals routinely screen, refer, or treat.
For example, one of the most popular treatments for pathological gambling is Gamblers Anonymous, or GA.
One of the first studies that linked compulsive pathological gambling to Mirapex was published in 2003 in the issue of Journal of Neurology.
A response to treatment was defined as a decrease of 30% or more in the score on the Yale Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for Pathological Gambling (PG-YBOCS).
Although estimates of the frequency of pathological gambling in the general population may seem small (e.
present step-by-step instructions for psychological treatment of pathological gambling, structuring their cognitive behavioral treatment plan around a pre-treatment assessment interview and 12 treatment sessions.

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