Pathological Gambling needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement. Pathological Gambling is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling. Gambles as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression. has committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft, or embezzlement to finance gambling. after losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses). In people who develop pathological gambling, occasional gambling leads to habitual gambling.
Causes of Pathological Gambling
Common causes and risk factors of Pathological Gambling
ComorbidConditions often present.
Preoccupied with gambling.
Loss of control.
Commit illegal acts.
Signs and Symptoms of Pathological Gambling
Sign and symptoms of Pathological Gambling.
Loss of control
Treatment of Pathological Gambling
Common Treatment of Pathological Gambling
There is evidence that the SSRI paroxetine is efficient in the treatment of pathological gambling.
Most treatment for problem gambling involves counselling, step-based programs, self-help, peer-support, or a combination of these.
Gambling counselling is usually delivered by professional counsellors who are often either qualified psychologists or social workers.
Gambler’s Anonymous uses a 12 step program adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and also places an emphasis on peer suppport.
Other step-based programs (some commercially operated) that are both specific to gambling and generic to addiction have also be used to treat problem gamblers.
Growing method of treatment is peer support. With the advancement of online gambling, many gamblers experiencing issues use various online peer-support groups to aid their recovery.