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DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria:

Final DSM 5 Approved by American Psychiatric Association

Gambling Disorder

  1. Persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as indicated by the individual exhibiting four (or more) of the following in a 12-month period:
    1. Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.
    2. Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.
    3. Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.
    4. Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble).
    5. Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed).
    6. After losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses).
    7. Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.
    8. Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.
    9. Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling.

TWO Must Read Blogs on Gambling Disorder:- 

1.ENGINEERS OF ADDICTION – SURE WHO’S COUNTING? – A fascinating and quite frankly disturbing of how gambling machines are engineered to prompt compulsive gambling use. A Must read!


2. Gambling with America’s Health? 


One of most comprehensive reviews of the cost of gambling I have come across – it even cites my friend and fellow writer Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Other Blogs on Gambling Disorder:- 

Maladaptive emotion-regulation strategy and lack of emotional clarity in Gambling Addicts.

Gambling Disorder and Emotional Processing Deficits

“Staying in Action” – A Gambling Addict’s Dry Drunk?

“Staying in Action” Part 3


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Cognitive Distortions Associated with gambling Disorder

Why Do Gamblers Chase Losses?

The “Gamblers Fallacy may have a common cause?

Gambling disordered thinking.


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