Bowden-Jones H 1,2
1 Director, National Problem Gambling Clinic, UK.
2 Honorary Senior Lecturer, Brain Sciences, Imperial College.
The relatively recent changes pertinent to Pathological Gambling in DSM 5 led to a reclassification of the illness as Gambling Disorder and a move from impulse control disorder to addiction, sitting alongside alcohol, drugs and nicotine addiction in the chapter ‘Substance related and Addictive Disorders’.
Gambling Disorder was , in 2013, the first behavioural addiction to be listed in DSM5 and has led to subsequent speculation on the possible future inclusion of other behavioural addictions in this category.
There is a significant polarization of views as to whether ICD 11 should follow its American counterpart or strike out on its own and keep Pathological gambling as an impulse control disorder.
This presentation will outline both sides of the debate giving the most relevant clinical and neuroscientific research findings to illustrate the underpinnings of the debate.