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Behavioral Addiction: Disordered Gambling

Course #: 06-847

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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CE Course Description

The reclassification of gambling disorder within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) from the impulse control disorders category to the addictions category marks an important step for addiction science. The purpose of this brief, advanced level course, developed using information from The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, is to address neural and psychological markers associated with addiction vulnerability and how they manifest in gambling disorder. Additionally, insights into neural and cognitive consequences that are seen in gambling disorders are considered as well as how understanding the neurobiological foundations of gambling disorder may help to inform decisions for future behavioral disorder research.

CE Course Objectives

1. Discuss the DSM-5 reclassification of gambling disorder from an impulse control disorder to the addictions category and how this may impact addiction science.

2. Compare and contrast the neurotoxicity of drugs of abuse to the neurotoxicity associated with gambling disorder.

3. Identify how pathophysiology within the brain reward system impacts gambling disorder.

4. Describe what is known about the potency of drugs of abuse as they target brain systems, and what this may mean for the study of behavioral issues such as gambling disorder.

5. Summarize emerging evidence suggesting that individuals with gambling disorder may be more prone to gambling-related cognitive distortions.

6. Evaluate ways that data on the neurobiological foundations of gambling disorder may help to inform decisions for future inclusion of addictive behaviors as behavioral disorders.

7. Outline ways in which the psychological properties that underlie the addictive capacity of gambling can be extended to video game play, overeating, and compulsive shopping.


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