Archive by category Gambling Addiction

What Are The Dangers Of Online Poker?

What Are The Dangers Of Online Poker?

It wasn’t so long ago that those who enjoyed gambling had to travel to a casino or gaming facility, or host a party at their home, in order to play poker. But thanks to the Internet and the convenience of smartphones and tablets, gamblers are able to play online poker anytime and anyplace. Unfortunately, such […]

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

A recent study of gamblers in Iowa found that pathological gambling tends to run in families. According to the study, compulsive gamblers frequently come from families with other members who also gamble pathologically. In addition, pathological gambling appears to be linked to several serious mental health disorders. The Family Problem Gambling Study The University of […]

Are There Distinct Types Of Problem Gamblers?

Are There Distinct Types Of Problem Gamblers?

Problem gamblers are people affected by gambling disorder, a form of non-substance-based behavioral addiction officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Some researchers believe that there are three subtypes of problem gamblers, each with their own characteristic set of risk factors for the disorder. In a study scheduled for publication in July 2014 in […]

Study Explores Health Impact Of Gambling

Study Explores Health Impact Of Gambling

With gambling now widely available online, problems associated with gambling appear to be expanding in a number of unexpected ways, even to waist lines. A study appearing in the Journal of Gambling Studies suggests that physical health, including weight, may be significantly impacted by gambling. Researchers looked at data from the 2005 and 2010 Danish […]

Does Gambling Disorder Diagnosis Accurately Identify People With Serious Gambling Problems?

Does Gambling Disorder Diagnosis Accurately Identify People With Serious Gambling Problems?

Gambling disorder is a mental health diagnosis established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in May 2013. The terms of this diagnosis establish the presence of serious gambling problems as a form of non-substance-based addiction called behavioral addiction. For more than two decades prior to 2013, the APA grouped serious gambling problems under the heading […]

How To Overcome A Gambling Addiction

How To Overcome A Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling is an example of what experts call a process addiction. Also known as a behavioral addiction, this is the type of addiction that does not involve ingesting a mind-altering substance like a drug or alcohol. Although there is debate over whether these addictions are “true” addictions, most experts agree that there are enough […]

What Are The Unique Risks Senior Gamblers Face?

What Are The Unique Risks Senior Gamblers Face?

Many states have gone beyond sponsoring lotteries to opening their arms to casinos. Casinos, in their turn, offer visitors climate-controlled environments with large food spreads and an opportunity to socialize. For seniors living in a retirement facility, the shuttle to the casino can represent a chance to re-connect with the outside world and have some […]