pathological gambling

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An impulse-control disorder characterized by persistent and maladaptive gambling, indicated by such signs and symptoms as being preoccupied with gambling; needing increasing amounts of money to achieve the desired level of excitement; attempting repeatedly and unsuccessfully to cut down or to stop gambling; becoming restless or irritable while desisting from gambling; using gambling as an escape from worry or unhappiness; attempting to recoup gambling losses by further gambling; lying to family members or therapists to conceal the extent of gambling; committing illegal acts such as fraud or theft to finance gambling; jeopardizing a significant job, personal relationship, or educational opportunity by gambling; or relying on others to relieve financial crises caused by gambling.

Subjects: Psychology.

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