Mood disorders and problem gambling: Cause, effect or cause for concern? A review of the literature

Abstract

In reviewing the literature, it appears that there is a constant and direct relationship between the severity of the subject's gambling addiction and measures of negative affect. To date most research into the link between mood disorders and pathological gambling has been undertaken with treatment seeking pathological gamblers. Based on this work, the evidence supporting a link between affective disturbance and pathological gambling appears irrefutable and has led to a more systematic clinical evaluation in pathological gambling assessment and treatment settings.

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