Compulsive Gambling

Below you will find more information about Compulsive Gambling from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Compulsive Gambling it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Compulsive Gambling and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Compulsive Gambling comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Compulsive gambling is an impulse-control disorder in which an individual cannot resist the temptation to perform a harmful act to oneself or another individual.

Diagnosis

A specialist in mental health can diagnose compulsive gambling through evaluation of mood and behavior patterns. The diagnosis is based on the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Treatment

Individuals with compulsive gambling behaviors may be treated through psychotherapy such as cognitive behavior therapy by identifying and replacing unhealthy, irrational, and negative beliefs with healthy and positive ones. Medications are also options to help with the individual's emotional and mood issues related to his gambling behavior. Some individuals also benefit from joining self-help groups such as Gamblers Anonymous.

Symptoms and Signs

Individuals with the disorder often attempt to gain back their losses from gambling. They gamble especially when they feel extreme emotions and do it only for the thrill than winning. If they don't gamble, they feel irritable and restless but feel guilty or remorseful after gambling. They also tend to lie to hide their gambling habits and may borrow money or resort to stealing to be able to gamble.

Causes

The cause for driving people into compulsive gambling is not known. However, it is believed that problems with the brain's naturally occurring chemicals such as neurotransmitters, serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine may be the factors. Problems with these chemicals may drive an individual to compulsive gambling.

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