A diagnosis of “gambling disorder” is based on persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to significant impairment or distress, as indicated by four or more the following symptoms in a 12-month period:
The gambling behavior is not better explained by a manic episode.
A gambling disorder is rated as mild with 4-5 symptoms, moderate with 6-7 symptoms, and severe with 8-9 symptoms.
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