Gambling Addiction | Overview


What is pathologic gambling?

People who are pathologic gamblers can't control their impulses to gamble. They end up losing a lot of money and get into financial trouble. Gambling usually causes problems with their work, school or relationships. However, in spite of these problems, a pathologic gambler will continue to gamble.

Men or women of any age can be pathologic gamblers. Depression, drinking and taking drugs often go along with pathologic gambling. Pathologic gamblers may also think about committing suicide.


Pathologic Gambling by BK Unwin, MAJ, MC, USA, MK Davis, LTC, MS, USA and JB De Leeuw, CPT, MS, USA (American Family Physician February 01, 2000,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00