(Gambling Addiction; Pathological Gambling)
|Impulse control is believed to exist in this part of the brain.|
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- Family history of gambling problems
- Mood disorders
- Personality disorders
- Drug abuse or gambling at a young age
- Certain traits, such as having a competitive character, being restless, and getting bored easily
- Gambling longer than you intended to
- Taking time from work or family life to gamble
- Feeling guilty after gambling
- Lying to hide gambling
- Not being able to sleep due to thoughts about gambling
Having financial problems due to gambling, such as:
- Spending all of your money on gambling
- Needing to borrow money for gambling
- Trying to earn money through gambling to pay your bills
- Being involved in illegal activities to get money for gambling
- Trying to quit gambling but not being able to
- Feeling depressed or suicidal due to gambling
- Medical history
- Mental health history
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Mood stabilizers
- Opioid antagonists
- Bupropion—an antidepressant
Mental Health America http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net
National Council on Problem Gambling http://www.ncpgambling.org
Canadian Mental Health Association http://www.cmha.ca
Problem Gambling http://www.problemgambling.ca
10 questions about gambling behavior. Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado website. Available at: http://www.problemgamblingcolorado.org/content/10-questions. Accessed September 15, 2014.
Black DW, Monahan PO, Temkit M, et al. A family study of pathological gambling. Psychiatry Res. 2006;141:295-303.
Dannon PN, Lowengrub K, Gonopolski Y, Musin E, Kotler M. Pathological gambling: a review of phenomenological models and treatment modalities for an underrecognized psychiatric disorder. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2006;8:334-339.
Kalechstein AD, et al. Pathological gamblers demonstrate frontal lobe impairment consistent with that of methamphetamine dependent individuals. J Neuropsych Clin Neurosci. 2007;19:298-303.
Signs of a gambling problem. Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling website. Available at: http://www.masscompulsivegambling.org/paths/what%5Fsigns.php. Accessed September 15, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/15/2014 -