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Gambling, Problem

Problem gambling and pathological gambling are terms used to describe gambling behaviors that are negatively impacting normal activities. The technical diagnosis for these behaviors is known as pathological gambling, which is an impulse-control disorder characterized by certain criteria involving maladaptive gambling behaviors. The term problem gambling is different in that it generally refers to someone who has maladaptive gambling behaviors but does not fully meet the criteria for the pathological gambling disorder.

The first time problem gambling appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was in the third edition, published in 1980. However, concern involving maladaptive gambling behaviors started long before then with the establishment of Gamblers Anonymous in 1957. This organization was founded on similar principles as the Alcoholic Anonymous Twelve-Step ...

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