- DSM-IV-TR diagnosis:
- Individual demonstrates loss of control
- Progressive Increase
- Continue behaviour despite negative outcomes
INITIATION - ROLE OF GENES
Pathological gambling can run in families. It's possible both genes and enviromental factors contribute.
SHAS et al (2005) - A twin study found evidence for genetic transmission of gambling in men.
BLACK et al (2006) - 1st degree relatives more likely to suffer the same condition than other family members. (strong genetic link)
PITUITARY ADRENAL RESPONSE
Pathological gambling is associated with stimuli
PARIS et al (2010) - Measured Cortisol before and after watching a video of prefered mode of Gambling and a video of neuteral Stimuli. Recreational gambelers has increased salivary…