Pathological gambling: A clinical guide to treatment

Abstract

The past five years have witnessed dramatic advances in research on pathological gambling--a diagnosis often overlooked by clinicians. Today, clinicians can choose from an array of treatment options to substantially improve the lives of patients with this disabling illness. This clinician's guide comprises an extensive coverage on public health, clinical characteristics and treatment, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and interventions for adolescents, adults, and older adults. The volume discusses how to diagnose pathological gambling and provides the tools to do so. 32 experts detail the clinical phenomenology, etiology, and treatment of pathological gambling, highlighting the current clinical approaches most likely to lead to early identification, symptom remission, and improvement maintenance. Appendixes provide specific tests, scales, and diagnostic criteria following four major sections of the book: Public Health and Epidemiology; Clinical Characteristics; Etiology; and Prevention and Treatment.

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