Those who experience an urge to gamble, even though they’re aware of the negative consequences and/or have a desire to stop, are struggling with a gambling addiction. Problem gambling tends to be defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behavior. In some instances, severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical, pathological disorder.
Gambling addiction can typically be described as any gambling that causes harm to the gambler or someone else in any way. These definitions are usually combined with descriptions of the type of harm, or through the use of a diagnostic criteria. The DSM-IV defines pathological gambling as distinctly different than someone who is gambling excessively due to a manic episode brought on by a condition like bipolar disorder. It is only when gambling occurs independent of other impulsive, mood or thought disorders that it is considered its own diagnosis.
A person diagnosed with a gambling addiction must have at least five of the following symptoms:
The Delray Center for Healing offers many treatment options, including both individual behavioral therapy and group therapy that are beneficial in treating gambling addiction and other process-related disorder. Please contact us today at 888.699.5679 for an initial consultation.
Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.