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What Is Addiction?$
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Don Ross, Harold Kincaid, David Spurrett, and Peter Collins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513111

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513111.001.0001

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Addiction and the Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Gambling

Addiction and the Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Gambling

(p.377) 14 Addiction and the Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Gambling
What Is Addiction?

Neil Manson

The MIT Press

This chapter, which presents a discussion on addiction and the diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling (PG), specifically describes the problem of the DSM-IV criteria for PG. It shows that meeting the DSM-IV criteria for PG is neither necessary nor sufficient for being a pathological gambler. The chapter demonstrates that the problem with the DSM-IV criteria appears to have arisen due to ignorance on the part of the psychiatric and psychological communities regarding some relevant specifics of gambling. It suggests that although significant gambling losses strongly link with a subject’s being a bad decision maker with respect to gambling, that is no excuse for making gambling losses criterial of PG.

Keywords:   addiction, pathological gambling, DSM-IV, diagnostic criteria, pathological gambler, bad decision maker

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