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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Is the high risk correlation between these conditions due to the mechanisms of the reward pathways and impulse control mechanisms associated with addiction and mental illness?

Dear Rohini: Thank you for your question. The precise behavioral mechanisms that are associated with both problem gambling and mental health disorders (which is a multi-faceted concept) is a growing research field, where a lot still needs to be learned. Some researchers have indeed found that mental health disorders like depression and problem gambling share the same underlying feature of impulsivity.

--Pradeep Singh

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