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It is the inability to stop the activity when those consequences interfere with life that marks any addiction . Let's look at the facts: * According to research cited by the National Council on Problem Gambling , 2 million adults (1% of the population) meet the diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling. Another 4-8 million adults (2-4% of the population) can be considered problem gamblers who are experiencing direct problems as a consequence of gambling. * Research in psychology and psychiatry reported in the Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology finds that between 14 and 16 million Americans meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence. Between 4-6 million Americans are dependent upon
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illegal drugs. * Rates of substance abuse among men ages 18-44 are double those of the general population. * A family history of addictive problems is one of the best predictors of risk for addiction. Peer influence is another significant risk factor. * According to a research review in the Oxford Textbook, rates of depression are significantly higher among people with addictions than in the general population, with indications that people are using the addictive activities to medicate themselves for the pain of depression. * Addictions are also most common among individuals with attention deficits and hyperactivity problems and appear to be related to sensation-seeking among those needing stimulation. Even if we assume that traders do not have more frequent addictive behaviors than the general population, the statistics tell us that, in all likelihood, nearly one trader in every ten has a diagnosable addictive problem.
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  • Problem gambling, Brett N. Steenbarger, Psychology of Trading

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