Behavioral Health

A gambling disorder describes any form of gambling that results in functional consequences. In the DSM-V, gambling disorder is classified as a non-substance related addictive disorder; and can commonly co-occur with substance abuse, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders.

  • Current diagnostic criteria for gambling disorder can include persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. Individuals exhibiting four (or more) of the following in a 12-month period would be included:
  • Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement
  • Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling
  • Is often preoccupied with gambling (such as having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of way to get money with which to gamble)
  • Often gambles when feeling distressed (helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)
  • After losing money gambling often returns another day to get even (“chasing” one’s losses)
  • Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
  • Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational opportunity because of gambling
  • Relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling


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