Disordered gambling and psychosis: Prevalence and clinical correlates

Abstract

A paucity of research has examined the relationship between psychosis and disordered gambling. Individuals with both psychosis and disordered gambling may represent a uniquely vulnerable clinical population given important commonalities in underlying brain pathology and clinical symptomatology that occur across both disorders (e.g., Potenza and Chambers, 2001), which may manifest in increased risk of poly-comorbidity and symptom severity among this dual disorder population. To our knowledge, only one study has examined rates of psychosis among disordered gamblers, which were found to be 3.5 times higher than non-gamblers (Cunningham-Williams et al., 1998), and no studies have examined the demographic and clinical correlates in a sample of disordered gamblers with and without psychosis.

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