The relationship between gambling and depression

Academic Press
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The Nature of Depression An Updated Review, 2021, pp. 135-150
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This chapter discusses the relationship between depression and gambling behavior. We show that depression is in fact prevalent and even a risk factor for problem gambling. We discuss factors underlying the development of comorbid depression and problem gambling. This review builds on Blaszczynski and Nower (2002)‘s model on the role of existing mood disorders and depression as risk factor for problem gambling, as has been corroborated by several studies. Finally, we discuss implications for the treatment of depression in reducing problem gambling.
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