CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Approximately, 1% of the adult population has a severe gambling problem (Kessler et al., 2008). In addition, 96.3% of those with a gambling problem also have one or more psychiatric disorders (Kessler et al., 2008). Gambling disorder consists of problematic gambling behavior that leads to significant impairment or distress over a 12-month period. Symptoms can take a number of different forms including feeling the need to gamble with increasing amounts of money to achieve desired excitement, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling or cut down, several unsuccessful or repeated efforts to control or stop gambling, and a preoccupation or consistent thinking about gambling. People suffering with a gambling addiction are more likely to gamble when distressed or after a large life stressor. They often return to gambling in responses to losses, they may lie to hide the level of gambling involvement and their financial losses. Gambling addiction is not a problem to be taken lightly. Many people have lost relationships, and ruined educational opportunities and employment due to gambling. They may rely on others to help with financial stress caused by gambling. Gambling has been largely considered a behavioral disorder; as gamblers often have a sense of illusory control over circumstances and a greater tendency to overestimate successful outcomes (Orgaz et al., 2013). However, underlying differences in neurological functioning are also found in this disorder. The neurotransmitter dopamine has often been associated with rewarding behavior, including drug addiction and pathological gamblers. Brain areas associated with the release dopamine, including the substantia nigra have been found to be correlated with gambling severity (Tziortzi et al., 2011). fMRI studies have found that gamblers have blunted neural responses to monetary gains, which supports the reward deficiency hypothesis, meaning these individuals often become easily bored and need intense stimulation to receive rewarding feelings. This can further perpetuate severe gambling behavior and result in multiple negative life outcomes. Our experts at Serin Center can treat gambling addictions and also help those who are in partnerships with individuals suffering with gambling addictions.
Kessler, R. C., Hwang, I., Labrie, R., Et al. (2008). DSM-IV pathological gambling in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Psychological Medicine, 38(9), 1351-60.
Orgaz, C., Estevez, A., Matute, H. ((2013) Pathological gamblers are more vulnerable to the illusion of control in a standard associative learning task. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 306. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00306, pmid:23785340
Tziortzi AC,Searle GE, Tzimopoulou S, Salinas C, Beaver JD, Jenkinson M, Laruelle M, Rabiner EA, Gunn RN (2011). Imaging dopamine receptors in humans with [11C]-(+)-PHNO: dissection of D3 signal and anatomy. Neuroimage 54, 264–277, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.06.044, pmid:20600980.
Luke Clark, Bruno Averbeck, Doris Payer, Guillaume Sescousse, Catharine A. Winstanley, Gui Xue. (2013). Pathological Choice: The Neuroscience of Gambling and Gambling Addiction. Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (45) 17617-17623; DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3231-13.2013
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD