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Gambling disorder (GD) is a diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), for individuals who develop problems related to their gambling behavior. Other terms that have also reflected problems related to gambling include problem gambling, pathological gambling, gambling addiction, compulsive gambling, and ludomania.

Large majorities of individuals in many Western societies have gambled in their lifetimes, and most individuals who gamble do so as a form of entertainment, without the problems that can contribute to gambling-related pathology. Gambling is the risking of something of value in the hope of gaining something of value, and it includes diverse activities such as electronic gaming machines (often called slot machines), card games when played for money, lottery play, betting ...

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