In the losing phase the gambler is betting

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In the losing phase, the gambler is betting compulsively and "chasing" -- betting more and compulsively and "chasing" -- betting more and more to get back the money lost. more to get back the money lost.
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Pathological Gambling Pathological Gambling To cope with these losses, the gambler starts borrowing money frequently and in large amounts. Most compulsive gamblers report that the initial experience of borrowing brings a feeling akin to that of the big win. The gambler conceals losses and manipulates family members and friends as she or he tries to pay off pressing debts. After numerous bailouts and repeated failures to keep promises to stop gambling, desperation, the third and final phase, sets in. Gambling continues with an all- consuming intensity and apparent disregard for family, friends, and employment.
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Etiology of Impulse Control Etiology of Impulse Control Disorders Disorders Little information on these disorders. In some ways, they are like obsessive-compulsive disorders (compulsion), substance abuse disorders (addictive), or sexual deviance problems (intense, pleasurable release and experiences). Psychoanalytic theory stresses sexual symbolism and sexual gratification – release of tension through certain acts such as gambling money or stealing. Behaviorists stress variable reinforcement schedule – most resistant to extinction.
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Treatment of Impulse Control Treatment of Impulse Control Disorders Disorders Lesieur (1989) notes two explanatory camps: Impulse control problems on a continuum from problem- free to maladaptive (behavioral, cognitive, and sociological perspectives) Impulse control disorders are a disease similar to alcoholism (psychodynamic and physiological perspectives) Treatments often include behavioral and cognitive methods; can include family and self-help groups (such as Gamblers Anonymous).
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  • Spring '07
  • Zane
  • Problem gambling, Impulse Control Disorders, pathological gambling

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