of Compulsive Problematic Gambling
gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions
in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social
gambling, is a progressive addiction characterized by:
increasing preoccupation with gambling
a need to bet more money more frequently
or irritability when attempting to stop
- "chasing" losses
loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling
behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
no longer need to trek to Las Vegas or Atlantic City
to find the action they crave. It is available today
can be defined as playing a game of chance for stakes.
Gambling occurs in many forms,
most commonly pari-mutuels (horse and dog tracks, off-track-betting
- parlors, Jai Alai),
casinos (slot machines, table games),
bookmaking (sports books and horse books),
the stock market.
gambling is a progressive disease that devastates not
only the gambler but everyone with whom he or she has
a significant relationship.
In 1980, the American Psychiatric
Association accepted pathological gambling as a "disorder
of impulse control."
It is an illness that is chronic
and progressive, but it can be diagnosed and treated.
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