Pathological gambling has been considered a distinct diagnostic entity since 1980, when it was first included in DSM-III and similarly in ICD-9-CM (World Health Organization 1978). DSM-IV-TR currently classifies pathological gambling as an ICD not elsewhere classified. The essential feature of pathological gambling is recurrent gambling behavior that is maladaptive (e.g., loss of judgment, excessive gambling) and in which personal, family, or vocational endeavors are disrupted (Table 19–11).

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FIGURE 19–2. Pathological gambling: comorbidity and issues in classification.Source. Reprinted from Pallanti S, Baldini Rossi N, Hollander E: "Pathological Gambling," in Clinical Manual of Impulse-Control Disorders. Edited by Hollander E, Stein DJ. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2006, pp. 251–289. Copyright 2006, American Psychiatric Publishing. Used with permission.
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TABLE 19–11. DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling
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TABLE 19–12. Developmental and neurobiological model of pathological gambling
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TABLE 19–13. Evidence of neurobiological dysfunction in pathological gambling
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TABLE 19–14. Pathological gambling: treatment summary


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