Compulsive Gambling Disorder
Alternate Names : Pathological Gambling
Compulsive gambling is a disorder in which a person cannot control
his or her urge to gamble. Gambling is any betting or wagering carried out for oneself or
others. Gambling depends on skill or chance. It may or may not involve money.
Compulsive gambling disorder is an impulse control disorder.
What is going on in the body?
Gambling is thought to be a disorder when a person begins to do
it on a regular basis. The person keeps gambling even though it has negative social,
financial, interpersonal, or emotional results. He or she may bet on such things as:
the stock market
It involves any situation that provides the gambler with action and
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
A compulsive gambler can be male or female. This condition can
affect any age, race, income, or religion. It is more common among people
who also have other compulsive or addictive disorders.
and other mood disorders
are also linked with compulsive gambling.
Legalized gambling is a fast-growing industry in the
U.S. People can even gamble easily over the Internet.