Compulsive Gambling Disorder
Alternate Names : Pathological Gambling
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment is often started after a person with compulsive
gambling disorder has gotten into legal problems or when family members
confront the gambler. Once the person seeks treatment, he or she must stop
all forms of gambling. Self-help support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous
help people stop gambling.
Some evidence exists that fluvoxamine, a type of antidepressant,
is effective in helping a person in treatment abstain from gambling. Treatment
of associated disorders, such as depression
may also help.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Side effects depend on the medicines used. They may include
or allergic reactions.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Relapses are common for compulsive gamblers. During treatment,
a financial crisis may occur. Legal problems due to gambling also often begin to
develop during this time.
How is the condition monitored?
A compulsive gambler may need to remain in therapy or continue
with Gamblers Anonymous to prevent relapse. Family counseling may be needed.
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor.