Compulsive gambling

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What is compulsive gambling?

Compulsive gambling is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Compulsive gamblers may continually chase bets, lie or hide the behavior, and may resort to theft or fraud to support the addiction.

Common symptoms reported by people with compulsive gambling

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with compulsive gambling

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Botox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Move Free Advance)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1) pain (1)

Data from patients with compulsive gambling, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with compulsive gambling

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
bowel irritability gastric ulcer
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lipitor)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Botox)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
buzzing vibration sensation itching 3 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
migraine headaches
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) not clear headed next day
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Move Free Advance)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1) pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with compulsive gambling, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has compulsive gambling on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 2
30s 2
40s 8
50s 8
60s 2
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10
Female 11

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from compulsive gambling patients who have completed their condition history
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