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Do obsessive gamblers tend to have other mental health problems?

Yes, there is a strong connection between pathological gambling and mood disorders (especially major depression and bipolarity) and other substance use and addictive disorders, notably alcohol and stimulant abuse, as well as caffeine and tobacco dependence.

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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