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Gambling Addiction Research

(Also Known As: Gambling Research, Gambling Problem Research, Gaming Research, Gaming Addiction Research, Addiction Research, Compulsion Research, Impulse Control Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Gambling Addiction Related Research

Pathological Gambling and Its Biological Affinity

Based on the research conducted by the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery there is a high correlation between pathological gambling and chemical addiction.9 There is evidence that low levels of norepinephrine are more evident with pathological gamblers than in normal gamblers.

Norepinephrine is secreted when a person is under stress, thrill, or arousal and pathological gamblers usually gamble to make up for being under dosage of norepinephrine. Further experiments made by Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions showed that the monetary reward in their gambling-like experiment has resulting brain activation with similarity as that observed from a cocaine addict receiving an infusion of cocaine.

Comorbidity Between Pathologic Gambling and Alcohol Abuse and Depression

According to the American Family Physicians there is likelihood for pathologic gambling to be closely associated with other psychiatric or mental disorders. Alcohol abuse is also a common conjunction with pathologic gambling, together with depression and emotional instability. This high correlation between pathologic gambling with mental disorders must be determined by the physician in order to plan an addiction treatment program that treats pathologic gambling as a psychiatric condition. The presence of depression in a gambler will also help a clinician rule out the condition of pathologic gambling from a non-pathologic gambling condition. Pathologic gamblers are more likely to be depressed thus increasing their tendency to commit suicide.

Pathologic gamblers need immediate treatment and may be referred to Gamblers Anonymous to undergo their 12-step program that aims to help pathologic gamblers overcome their gambling addiction associated with mental disorders.

Could You Have Gambling Addiction?

Gambling Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Alcohol Addiction – alcohol abuse, withdrawal, dipsomania, alcohol dependence, tolerance
Impulse Control Disorder – pathological gambling, compulsive gambling, obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – extreme anger, uncontrolled rage, mood changes, sudden outbursts, impulsive behavior
Kleptomania – Urge to hoard things, inability to resist the urge to steal something, urge to commit theft, paranoia
Pyromania – impulsive desire to start fire to relieve tension, obtains self gratification after setting a fire, euphoria, psychosis