Problem Gambling and Related Disorders


Gambling is a form of risk-taking in which a person places a bet on an uncertain event. In gambling, a person will often place a bet of some value in hopes of winning a prize. Gamblers should consider their risk, prize, and possible loss before committing to a bet.

Problematic gambling

Problematic gambling is a serious psychological condition that can cause financial, emotional, and legal difficulties. It can be mild, moderate, or severe, and it can get worse over time. Previously, problem gambling was known as compulsive gambling and pathological gambling. But recently, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recognized it as an impulse control disorder.

Problematic gambling has been linked to several factors, including the thrill of winning and excitement. According to the DSM-IV, problem gambling may promote delinquency. A study by Lorains et al. (2011) showed that problem gamblers perform poorly on measures of prosocial behavior. However, this association was not explored in DSM-5.

Other risk factors associated with problem gambling are problematic internet use and problem gaming. However, there is little evidence that problem gambling and these other risk factors are related. The present study examined the association between problem gaming and problem gambling while controlling for known risk factors of problem gambling, such as age, gender, and sexual orientation. In addition, the GAS and PRIUSS scores of problem gamblers were significantly related to the risk of problem gambling. Having enough friends outside of the internet was also associated with the risk of developing problem gambling.

Prevalence of problem gambling

The prevalence of problem gambling and related disorders (PG/GD) varies widely from one country to another, depending on a variety of factors. These factors can include the social support system, availability of mental health services, and gambling legislation. Furthermore, a large sample size is necessary to assess the extent of problem gambling in a given community. Researchers should also consider methods for minimizing bias, including ensuring that their sample contains a representative range of people.

Several studies have measured the prevalence of problem gambling in adolescents. Some of these studies found that older adolescents and those of Hispanic descent were more likely to be problem gamblers than younger respondents. Likewise, the prevalence of problem gambling increased with age for both males and females. However, the association between race and problem gambling was not significant.

Treatments for problem gambling

Research on treatments for problem gambling has increased over the last several decades. Psychosocial interventions have been found to be effective in reducing the problem. Using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews, we identified 21 randomized trials that investigated the effects of different gambling therapies. These included multi-session in-person therapy, cognitive therapies, motivational interventions, and CB exercises.

A new form of treatment that focuses on self-management involves multi-part interventions. These interventions provide an individual with tools to monitor their gambling behaviors, set goals, and reflect on their addiction. The interventions can be provided in the form of self-help toolkits, informational booklets, and telephone calls.

Treatments for problem gambling may also involve visiting a gambling counselor. These professionals specialize in addiction treatment and can help individuals develop coping skills to overcome gambling disorder. Therapy can also help identify underlying mental health issues that may contribute to problem gambling. A therapist can also help an individual learn to recognize triggers, reduce their emotions, and avoid harming their relationships.