Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 53–58 | Cite as

Update on pathological gambling

  • Jon E. Grant
  • Kyle A. Williams
  • Suck Won Kim


Pathological gambling (PG) is a signi.cant public health concern associated with high rates of psychiatric comorbidity and mortality. Although research into the biology of PG is still in an early stage, recent advances in our understanding of motivation, reward, and addiction have provided substantial insight into the possible pathophysiology of this disorder. In addition, over the past 5 years, extraordinary progress has been made in the area of clinical research examining treatments for PG. Although PG is a disabling disorder that continues to represent a clinical challenge for the healthcare professional, our current knowledge of pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions offers potentially effective treatment options.


Cocaine Paroxetine Naltrexone Pathological Gambling Gambling Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota School of MedicineMinneapolisUSA

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