Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling means that you're willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value. Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction. If you're prone to compulsive gambling, you may continually chase bets, hide your behavior, deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction.
Disease Statistics in India
In 2012, George surveyed 121 Indian Psychiatrists who attended the 2012 Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society in Kochi, Kerala. The survey sample, albeit a convenience sample, was representative in terms of age, gender, place of work, setting of psychiatric practice and years of experience in psychiatry. 79% (96/121) of those surveyed said that they see gamblers in their clinical practice, and 62% (75/121) said they also see those affected by someone else's gambling habit. However, 89 of the 121 (74%) psychiatrists admitted that they had never received any teaching in the management of gambling addiction. More encouragingly, the large majority of those surveyed (109/121) saw gambling addiction as within their remit, and most (105/121) also considered it feasible to treat gambling addicts within their mainstream psychiatric practice. 77% (93/121) said that they would like to receive more training.
Treatment for compulsive gambling involves three main approaches: Psychotherapy. Psychological treatments, such as behavior therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, may be beneficial for compulsive gambling. Behavior therapy uses systematic exposure to the behavior you want to unlearn (gambling) and teaches you skills to reduce your urge to gamble. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on identifying unhealthy, irrational and negative beliefs and replacing them with healthy, positive ones. Medications. Antidepressants and mood stabilizers may help treat problems that often go along with compulsive gambling — such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or ADHD — but not necessarily compulsive gambling itself. Medications called narcotic antagonists, which have been found useful in treating substance abuse, may help treat compulsive gambling. Self-help groups. Some people find self-help groups, such as Gamblers Anonymous, a helpful part of treatment.