Diagnostic Criteria for Pathological Gambling (DSM-V)

Persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as indicated by the individual exhibiting four (or more) of the following in a 12-month period:

  • 1.

    Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.

  • 2.

    Is restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling.

  • 3.

    Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling.

  • 4.

    Is often preoccupied with gambling (e.g., having persistent thoughts of reliving past gambling experiences, handicapping or planning the next venture, thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble).

  • 5.

    Often gambles when feeling distressed (e.g., helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed).

  • 6.

    After losing money gambling, often returns another day to get even ("chasing" one's losses).

  • 7.

    Lies to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.

  • 8.

    Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of gambling.

  • 9.

    Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling.

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