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Problem gambling: what can psychiatrists do?

  • Sanju George (a1), Henrietta Bowden-Jones (a2), Jim Orford (a3) and Nancy Petry (a4)
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Psychiatrists rarely recognise or treat problem gambling, despite its high comorbidity among psychiatric patients. Early interventions, as in other psychiatric disorders, offer the potential for improving outcomes in problem gamblers. In this editorial, we make the case for why psychiatrists should do more to help problem gamblers, and discuss in detail how they can offer screening and brief psychological interventions.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Sanju George (sanju.george@bsmhft.nhs.uk)
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Declaration of interest

S.G. has been awarded a grant by the Responsible Gambling Fund (now the Responsible Gambling Trust) to study the gaps in identification of gambling problems by mental health professionals. H.B-J. is the founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic in London.

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Problem gambling: what can psychiatrists do?

  • Sanju George (a1), Henrietta Bowden-Jones (a2), Jim Orford (a3) and Nancy Petry (a4)
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