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Pathological gambling is a disorder that renders the individual the inability to resist the impulse and the compulsion to gamble. This impulse or uncontrollable urge is done periodically. Individuals engaged in this activity are usually characterized as competitive and enjoy being with people. Pathological gambling can be labeled as obsessive-compulsive behavior or similar to substance abuse. It has a similarity to OCD in its symptoms in that it is uncontrollable and desired by the individual. In addition, it is similar to substance abuse in the case when the individual chooses to stop it. The individual undergoes withdrawal-relapse periods - a recurrent and unsuccessful attempt to stop on his own effort.

Early introduction to gambling that is unstopped or uncontrolled balloons into a habit until it becomes pathological gambling Later in life, the impulse to gamble becomes uncontrollable because the habit becomes so compulsive. Pathological gambling in men has its beginning in early adolescence, and between 20 to 40 years old for women. Pathological gambling can be diagnosed when five or more of the criteria below are met:| Pathological gambling can be determined when five or more of the criteria below are identified in the individual:| To diagnose gambling, five or more of the criteria below must be met:}

1. The individual gambles more during stressful periods in his life.
2. He prioritizes gambling over his family and other basic responsibilities
In his speech, action, or thinking, his preoccupation is with gambling.
4. He borrows money to gamble or bet just to satisfy his urge to gamble.
Sometimes, the individual commits “crimes” just to get money for his gambling.
To get even or to regain his borrowed money after losing, he returns to gamble again.
He usually lies or refuses to tell others about his habitual or regular bout with gambling.
8. He shows restlessness whenever he tries to stop gambling.

There is still a limited method for treating pathological gambling; however, studies are still being conducted to give it a wider scope. Group therapy patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous can be catered by Gamblers Anonymous, a method with a 12-step program. Gamblers Anonymous is based on spiritual principles and medical therapy to make the individual a reformed member of society. On the other hand, another group called Gam-Anon offers moral support for families of pathological gamblers. Three kinds of pharmacological agents were used in medical treatment studies namely, serotonin uptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, and opioid antagonists. Individuals with unsuccessful impulse control can be treated with serotonin uptake inhibitors; mood stabilizers work best on individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder; and opioid antagonists are for those trying to stop gambling with withdrawal symptoms similar to substance abuse.
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