Anxiety and gambling

Published: March, 2012

Anxiety can fuel a gambling problem. A book offers advice.

Gambling and anxiety often go hand in hand. The 2001–2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, as well as other research, suggests that among people with the most severe type of gambling problems — what mental health professionals label pathological gambling — more than 11% are dealing with a generalized anxiety disorder, almost 15% are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, nearly 22% are dealing with a panic disorder, and 52% are struggling with a specific phobia.

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