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Abstract Over the past several decades, and particularly during the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a rapid increase in the accessibility of legalized gambling in the United States and other parts of the world.
Few studies have systematically explored the relationships between patterns of gambling and health status. Existing data support the notion that some gambling behaviors, particularly problem and pathological gambling, are associated with nongambling health problems.
The purpose of this article is to provide a perspective on the relationship between gambling behaviors and substance use disorders, review the data regarding health associations and screening and treatment options for problem and pathological gambling, and suggest a role for generalist physicians in assessing problem and pathological gambling.
A rationale for conceptualization of pathological gambling as an addictive disorder and a model proposing stress as a possible mediating factor in the relationship between gambling and health status are presented.
More research is needed to investigate directly the biological and health correlates associated with specific types of gambling behaviors and to define the role for generalist physicians in the prevention and treatment of problem and pathological gambling.
An analysis of gambling addiction in united states this article, we discuss the rationale for viewing pathological gambling as an addiction and review the data on the relationship between gambling behaviors and health, including screening for and treatment of problem and pathological gambling.
We suggest basic current recommendations for generalist physicians for identification of individuals with problem or pathological gambling, and also suggest interventions that can be used to assist these individuals and their families.
We conclude that more research is needed to determine the extent to which and manners in which routine questioning of gambling behaviors in general medical settings may be warranted.
Definitions Gambling can be defined as placing something of value at risk in the hopes of gaining something of greater value. Traditional forms of gambling include wagering in casinos and on lotteries, horse and dog racing, card games, and sporting events.
Pathological gambling Table 1 represents the most severe pattern of excessive or destructive gambling behavior and is the only gambling-related disorder for which there exist formal diagnostic criteria in the current formulation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV-TR.
Persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behavior as indicated by 5 or more of the following: The gambling behavior is not better accounted for by a manic episode Reproduced with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision.
Copyright American Psychiatric Association. Prevalence Rates Rates of gambling participation and problem and pathological gambling have been increasing with the recent increase in availability of legalized gambling options.
Two prominent, non—mutually exclusive conceptualizations of pathological gambling classify the disorder as an impulse control disorder lying along an obsessive-compulsive spectrum or like an addiction to a drug.
Gambling and Substance Use Disorders Beginning with DSM-III-R, there has been a shift in the definition of essential features of substance use disorders, with a greater emphasis on lack of control and a lesser emphasis on tolerance or physical dependence.
Gambling and Substance Use Disorders: Phenomenological Similarities As with substance use behaviors, there exists a spectrum of gambling-related behaviors ranging from abstinence to recreational gambling to problem gambling similar to substance abuse to pathological gambling similar to substance dependence.
Originally described for alcohol dependence 30 and more recently for cocaine and other forms of drug dependence, 3132 telescoping refers to the phenomenon that women in general begin using substances later in life, but once beginning, progress to dependence more rapidly. Studies of callers to a gambling helpline 33 and individuals in treatment for gambling problems 34 both find results consistent with the applicability of the telescoping phenomenon to individuals with gambling disorders.
Analogously, typologies used to describe individuals with alcohol dependence e. Comorbidity High rates of comorbidity have been described between substance use and gambling disorders. Data from a survey of 2, adults in Ontario 44 and the St. Louis ECA Study 11 also demonstrate a strong association between alcohol use and gambling.
For example, in the ECA study, problem gamblers, as compared with nongamblers, were found to have elevated odds ratios for alcohol use 7. In addition, elevated rates of nicotine use 2. For example, more severe adverse measures of well-being e. Studies using a spinner wheel with various outcomes were used to examine neural activities underlying the expectancy and experiencing of monetary rewards in humans, and activations were observed in the ventral tegmental area and its projection sites including the nucleus accumbensregions previously identified as being activated in cocaine-dependent subjects following administration of cocaine.
To evaluate this viewpoint, we conducted a review of the literature describing: Potential articles were examined to determine if they met the following eligibility criteria: In an effort to minimize the impact of publication bias, abstracts were reviewed from past-year gambling, psychiatry, and addiction scientific conferences e.
All eligible citations were appraised using a standardized process to identify those related to screening, treatment, and health status. Citations that were listed as addresses, bibliographies, biographies, classical articles, dictionaries, directories, duplicate publications, editorials, festschrifts, historical articles, interviews, lectures, legal cases, letters, news, periodical indices, published errata, or retracted publications were excluded, leaving citations.
All eligible citations were appraised by 2 co-authors MNP and DAF to identify those related to health status, screening, and treatment, and publications were selected for further review. Mental Health Increased rates of mental health disorders have been reported in problem and pathological gamblers.Mar 10, · For adolescents and teenagers, this very neuroscience of social media overuse can be dangerous.
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