Should the scope of addictive behaviors be broadened to include pathological gambling?
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
Special Issue: Diagnostic Issues in Substance Use Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda
Volume 101, Issue Supplement s1, pages 152–160, September 2006
How to Cite
Petry, N. M. (2006), Should the scope of addictive behaviors be broadened to include pathological gambling?. Addiction, 101: 152–160. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2006.01593.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2006
- pathological gambling;
- psychiatric classification;
- substance use disorders
Aims Pathological gambling is currently considered an impulse control disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This paper considers the prospect of reclassifying and broadening the substance use disorders to include non-pharmacological addictions such as pathological gambling.
Methods Literature reviews were conducted on areas relevant to pathological gambling and its classification and similarities to substance use disorders.
Results The diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling are outlined across the three versions of the DSM since its initial introduction. The paper also describes instruments that have been used to assess the disorder, basic epidemiology and some biological and genetic data, especially in terms of potential overlap with substance use disorders. Similarities and differences with respect to treatments are reviewed as well.
Conclusions Both advantages and disadvantages should be considered with respect to expanding the classification system to include pathological gambling within the context of addictive disorders.