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Psychiatrists Have New Term for Compulsive Gambling: Behavioral Addiction

In May psychiatrists will start referring to gambling addiction as a behavioral addiction, the first disorder in that newly created category of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the textbook for psychiatry that’s widely used by doctors, courts, and insurance companies. The latest edition of the DSM—DSM-5—will be published in May.

Gambling isn’t often thought of as a health issue, that perception needs to change.

According to takepart magazine’s Andri Antoniades, Gambling Can Be More Destructive to Your Health Than Drugs or Alcohol


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  1. Marilyn LancelotMarch 14, 2013 at 11:31 amReply

    Sure, everyone loves to gamble . . . if they win. But, the person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road.

    I recently published a second book, Switching Addictions, describing additional issues that confront the recovering addict. If a person who has an addictive personality, doesn’t admit to at least two addictions, he’s not being honest. Until the underlying issues have been resolved, the person will continue to switch addictions. These are two books you might consider adding to your library. I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than twelve years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world. (www.femalegamblers.info). I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl.

    • Bea Goodwin AikensMarch 15, 2013 at 8:54 amReplyAuthor

      Marilyn Lancelot is a trusted source of valuable information on compulsive gambling and recovery. Since fighting her own battle with gambling addiction, she has become a champion for the cause of social change in dealing with the addiction of compulsive gambling. Her advocacy on behalf of those impacted by problem gambling has been ground-breaking. A true champion!

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