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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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An interesting connection for this study is that there is a higher relationship of these age groupings to suicide and addicted gambling. While I am depending on the memory of a retired mental health professional, my memory is sharp about issues like this. If I am correct, that would call for a need to look for a closer relationship between addicted gambling and suicide. My clinical experience matches these data when counseling lasts long "enough" with the problem gambler dying by suicide or threatened suicide --so that addiction and suicide may be twins.

I do not care whether this discussion comes from the problem gambling camp or from the suicidology camp. I think that the future of treatment rests, in an important way, on looking at this connection. My observation is that suicide and addiction are a part of the same process in humans. This would mean that they must be studied together.

There is also a very important concern in any research like this. The researcher's definition of suicide and the researchers definition of problem gambling be articulated clearly and compared with the researchers well perceived beliefs of these two behaviors. The basic problem that is frequently one of perspective that is assumed for addiction and another perception for suicide. For example, if suicide is seen as tightly linked to depression (as a diagnosis) a research study assuming that addiction is highly linked to depression must form the core of research hypotheses. If one assumes that problem gambling is a learned behavior one cannot research suicide as something other than a learned behavior. While this may be seen as an issue for a 101 research class, it is an issue that I see going on in many studies that I have seen.

This is why I think this study is important. It offers a way to hold a behavior like suicide (note: my definition of both subjects is imbedded in this statement). and problem gambling side by side. This is critical for treatment as well.

Thanks.

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