•  Individuals who engaged in illegal behaviour in the year prior to treatment for their problem gambling tend to have more severe symptoms, more gambling-related debt and more severe symptoms during treatment compared to people who have not broken the law. This means that they need more intensive treatment for a longer period of time, and sometimes even require inpatient or residential treatment.
  • It�s a fact that up to 70% of people with a gambling addiction also have another psychiatric problem. So, it is pointless only treating the gambling problem. Any coexisting mental-health condition (such as abuse of alcohol or other substances, mood and/or personality disorders) should also be dealt with to give the person with a gambling addiction a better chance of recovery from both conditions.
  • Gender-based differences:  Male pathological gamblers tend to receive counselling about issues other than gambling less often than their female counterparts.
  • There is usually no single or specific cause for pathological or compulsive gambling – except in the case of people on medication for Parkinson’s disease or Restless Leg Syndrome, or those suffering from a bipolar disorder. Those on medication for Parkinson’s or RLS have been observed to develop compulsive gambling tendencies. The culprit seems to be the increased activity of the chemical messenger dopamine in the brain.  Similarly, one of the symptoms of a bipolar disorder is exorbitant spending, which is a form of compulsive gambling.
  • Gender-based differences in gambling addiction include: Men tend to become addicted to more interpersonal forms of gambling, like blackjack, craps or poker, whereas women tend to engage in less interpersonal forms of betting, like slot machines or bingo

     
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