The specificity of pathological gambling


Pathological gambling is classified as an impulse-control disorder, although it has much in common with substance dependence and its treatment is based on treatment of substance abuse {(Petry}, 2005). This disorder is often accompanied by mood, anxiety, antisocial personality or substance use disorder; about three quarters of problem gamblers suffer severe depression. Psychological treatments, mainly approaches that try to change cognitive distortions about gambling, have the most empirical support. Current studies agree that {CBT} interventions appear to be the most effective treatment of problem gambling {(Blaszczynski}, 2010; Toneatto & Millar, 2004; Raylu & Oei, 2010).

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