Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 493–502 | Cite as

An Overview of and Rationale for Changes Proposed for Pathological Gambling in DSM-5

  • Nancy M. PetryEmail author
  • Carlos Blanco
  • Marc Auriacombe
  • Guilherme Borges
  • Kathleen Bucholz
  • Thomas J. Crowley
  • Bridget F. Grant
  • Deborah S. Hasin
  • Charles O’Brien
Original Paper


The fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is scheduled for publication in 2013. It will include several changes to the diagnosis of pathological gambling: the name of the disorder will be altered, the threshold for diagnosis will decrease, and one criterion will be removed. This paper reviews the rationale for these changes and addresses how they may impact diagnosis and treatment of the disorder, as well as potential for future research in the field.


DSM-5 Gambling Pathological gambling Diagnosis 



We acknowledge other members of Substance Use and Related Disorders Workgroup: Alan Budney, Wilson Compton, Walter Ling, and Marc Schuckit, who participated in the discussions and decisions outlined in this report. Preparation of this article was supported in part by grant R01-DA021567.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy M. Petry
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos Blanco
    • 2
  • Marc Auriacombe
    • 3
  • Guilherme Borges
    • 4
  • Kathleen Bucholz
    • 5
  • Thomas J. Crowley
    • 6
  • Bridget F. Grant
    • 7
  • Deborah S. Hasin
    • 2
  • Charles O’Brien
    • 8
  1. 1.MC-3944University of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Victor Pachon Medical SchoolUniversité Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2BordeauxFrance
  4. 4.National Institute of PsychiatryCalzada México Xochimilco No 101 - Col San Lorenzo HuipulcoMexicoMexico
  5. 5.Washington UniversitySt LouisMexico
  6. 6.University of Colorado Denver School of MedicineDenverUSA
  7. 7.National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and AlcoholismRockvilleUSA
  8. 8.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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