Journal article

An overview of gambling disorder: from treatment approaches to risk factors.

José M Menchon, Gemma Mestre-Bach, Trevor Steward, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Susana Jiménez-Murcia

F1000Res | Published : 2018

Abstract

Gambling disorder (GD) has been reclassified recently into the "Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders" category of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), a landmark occurrence for a behavioral addiction. GD is characterized by recurrent, maladaptive gambling behavior that results in clinically significant distress. Although the number of randomized controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments is limited, some pharmacological treatments, notably opiate antagonists, have been employed in the treatment of GD. Patients with GD often present cognitive distortions and specific personality traits, making treatment more di..

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