Pathological Gambling Disorder: An OverviewCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Sambhu Prasad,
House No. 201, Second Floor, Palm Apartment, Patna-801505, Bihar, India.
Gambling has a long back history and also referred to as ‘Natural evil’. The most well-established finding in literature is conceptualisation of pathological gambling as a behaviour addiction with high rate of alcohol and substance use disorders. It finds its place in The Diagnostic and statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM 5) and classified in various types as per different authors. The gambling decision is influenced by presence of cues, the activity of dopamine receptors and activation of some brain areas. Treatment of Gambling Disorder (GD) is a challenge. The available options include peer support, brief and motivational interventions, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA). The present overview on pathological gambling disorder tries to represents it as heterogeneous disorder based on cognition, its style of gambling, its proneness to relapse and recovery.
Behaviour addiction, Classification, Neurobiology
Sambhu Prasad, Om Prakash Jiriwal. PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING DISORDER: AN OVERVIEW. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2019 January [cited: 2019 Jan 22 ]; 13:VE01-VE05. Available from
Date of Submission: Jun 08, 2018
Date of Peer Review: Aug 01, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Oct 10, 2018
Date of Publishing: Jan 01, 2019
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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