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 […]

How Can You Tell If You’re Addicted To The Internet?

How Can You Tell If You’re Addicted To The Internet?

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that a relatively small percentage of Internet users will develop dysfunctional patterns of behavior that could qualify them for a diagnosis of an Internet addiction. Such an addiction is not currently officially diagnosable in the U.S.; however, the American Psychiatric Association has set down preliminary guidelines for diagnosing […]

Screen Drug Users In ER To Establish Treatment?

Screen Drug Users In ER To Establish Treatment?

Every year, millions of Americans end up in emergency rooms as a result of consuming a drug or medication. Some of these individuals have a bad reaction to legitimately prescribed and appropriately used substances. However, many take illicit substances or knowingly misuse a medication prescribed to them or to someone else. In a study published […]

How Does Cocaine Increase Stroke Risk?

How Does Cocaine Increase Stroke Risk?

The stimulant drug of abuse cocaine is known for its ability to create significant changes in the normal function of the body’s cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) system. One of the potential consequences of these changes is the onset of a stroke; however, no researchers have fully explored the current state of knowledge on this […]

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

Is Excessive Tanning An Addiction?

The definition of addiction has been considerably widened since it was first used, when it was considered specific to substances. New findings have suggested that behaviors such as (but not limited to) gambling, shopping, exercising and sex also hold the potential to be addictive, and this has been clarified by analyses of the neurological effects […]

Are You At Risk For Internet Addiction?

Are You At Risk For Internet Addiction?

Internet addiction is a commonly used term for a pattern of Internet use that significantly decreases a person’s level of mental well-being or diminishes the ability to meet personal or social obligations. Although substantial scientific evidence supports the existence of this form of addiction, it is not officially recognized as an illness by the American […]

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 […]