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The Symptoms, Affects, and Treatments of Pathological Gambling Disorder
Pathological gambling or Compulsive gambling or Addictive gambling is
being unable to resist impulses to gamble, which can lead to severe personal
or social consequences. Pathological gambling usually begins in early
adolescence in men, and between ages 20 and 40 in women. Pathological
gambling often involves repetitive behaviors. Although it
shares features of obsessive compulsive disorder, pathological gambling is
likely a different condition.
In people who develop pathological gambling, occasional gambling leads to a gambling habit. Stressful situations can worsen gambling problems.
The Symptoms Of Pathological GamblingThe American Psychiatric Association defines pathological gambling as having five or more of the following symptoms:
Diagnosis of Pathological Gambling Disorder
A psychiatric evaluation and history can be used to diagnose pathological gambling. Screening tools such as the Gamblers Anonymous 20 Questions can help with the diagnosis.
Treatment of Pathological Gambling Disorder
Exposure to gambling may increase the risk of developing pathological
gambling. Limiting exposure may be helpful for people who are at risk.
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