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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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