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A gambling disorder describes any form of gambling that results in functional consequences. In the DSM-V, gambling disorder is classified as a non-substance related addictive disorder; and can commonly co-occur with substance abuse, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders.

Current diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder can include persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Individuals exhibiting four (or more) of the following in a 12-month period would be included:

  • Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
  • Is often preoccupied with gambling (such as having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of way to get money with which to gamble)
  • Often gambles when feeling distressed  (helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)
  • After losing money gambling often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)
  • Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
  • Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational opportunity because of gambling
  • Relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

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