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  • Got a gambling problem? It's not you, it's your relatives!

  • Hey folks, Laci Green here for DNews. You're probably already well aware that gambling

  • can be addictive. What's a fun night on the town for most people can be a toxic breeding

  • ground for impulsive behavior in about 2-4% of the population. Gambling addiction works

  • just like other types of addiction: the person becomes obsessed and they can't control themselves,

  • it's the ultimate high. They'll continue to pursue the high -- even as they're running

  • into financial problems and tearing their family apart. Some may even break the law

  • or steal in order to recover their losses. Even though problem gambling is commonly seen

  • as a personal failing by the mainstream, scientists have found that there is real biology behind

  • the behavior. For many years, scientists thought that gambling was a matter of impulse control

  • -- I mean, claiming that gambling was like alcoholism was pretty controversial in the

  • 70s and 80s. But last year, psychiatrists moved problem gambling to the addictions chapter

  • of the DSM, reflecting our developed understanding of addiction in the brain.

  • This week, scientists have added more to the growing body of researching about gambling

  • -- and they've found some pretty important stuff. Awhile ago on DNews we talked about

  • how smoking is contagious, then pregnancy, and now gambling. In a new study published

  • in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, scientists have found that having a relative with a gambling

  • problem puts you at EIGHT TIMES the risk of developing one as well. Amongst those with

  • gambling problems, 11% of their relatives also had pathological issues -- compare that

  • to the non-addicted population where only 1% of their relatives have gambling problems.

  • But here's the real kicker: amongst the RELATIVES of those with a gambling problem, the scientists

  • also found a much higher prevalence of behavioral disorders: like antisocial personality disorder,

  • and social anxiety. And, those disorders in the relatives didn't necessarily overlap with

  • pathological gambling itself. There were some overlaps though with MOOD disorders: in the

  • pathological gamblers, rates of bipolar disorder, major depression, and substance abuse were

  • much more common.

  • What this suggests is that problem gambling and some psychiatric disorders may have some

  • kind of shared genetic cause, which could hold the key to effective treatments and help

  • us better understand psychiatric disorders. But scientists aren't quite sure what genes

  • are at play..........yet.

  • Thanks for watching DNews everyone! We'll be back soon with more science updates.

Got a gambling problem? It's not you, it's your relatives!


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