Like other addictive behaviors, gambling is often considered a precipitating factor in a variety of health problems. Several studies have documented the relationship between problem gambling and specific health issues.
Mental Health: Several studies placed problem gamblers at increased risk for dysthymia, major depression and anti-social personalityh disorder, phobias, and other mental conditions. problem gamblers were also identified as being at increased risk for alcohol, nicotime and other drug abuse.
Cardiac Arrest: Studies have generally placed problem gamblers at increased risk for cardiac arrest due to sustained stress and hypertension.
Stress Related Diagnoses: Problem gamblers report higher levels of stress-related physical problems than average. Conditions may include: migraine headaches, tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer and insomnia.
Within the general population, about 3% of adults manifect a gambling problem. However, the prevalence of problems gambling amoung persons entering a primary care setting appears to be closer to 10%. Of the thousands of problem gamlers that receive a medical intervention every year, less than 5% of them are ever diagnosed with a gambling disorder.
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