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Compulsive Gambling Disorder

Alternate Names : Pathological Gambling

Compulsive Gambling Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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 or alcoholism, may also help.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the medicines used. They may include drowsiness 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.

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Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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