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Related to pathological gambling: trichotillomania
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.
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Management Gamblers’ Anonymous, a 12-step program modeled after Alcoholics’ Anonymous; no phramacologic intervention has proven successful
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pathological gamblingAn 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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