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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


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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