Pathological gambling

Abstract

Pathological gambling, also known as compulsive gambling, is a psychological disorder characterized by the inability to resist impulses to gamble, leading to severe personal or social consequences. In people who develop compulsive gambling, occasional gambling can lead to a gambling habit. Pathological Gambling examines all aspects of this disorder, including its causes, symptoms, treatment and therapy, and current research into the disorder. Chapters include: Gambling and its history in the United States; who are pathological gamblers; causes of pathological gambling; related psychiatric and health issues; related social and legal problems; treatment.

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