Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 517–521 | Cite as

Comments from the Trenches: Proposed Changes to the DSM-V Classification of Pathological Gambling

  • George B. Mitzner
  • James P. Whelan
  • Andrew W. Meyers
Original Paper


The proposed DSM-V changes related to the pathological gambling diagnosis hold far-reaching implications, yet these modifications have been met with little public attention. This letter addresses the three changes proposed including the diagnosis’ reclassification alongside other addictive behaviors, the lowering of the pathological gambling threshold to the endorsement of 4 symptoms, and the removal of the “illegal acts” criterion. Support for the initial change is well documented, but there is evidence to suggest that the latter two changes should be reconsidered.


Pathological gambling Diagnostic changes DSM-V 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George B. Mitzner
    • 1
  • James P. Whelan
    • 1
  • Andrew W. Meyers
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Gambling Education and ResearchThe University of MemphisMemphisUSA

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