Comorbid psychiatric disorders among older adult recovering pathological gamblers
NLM Title Abbreviation
Issues Ment Health Nurs
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
DOI of Published Version
The proliferation of state lotteries and casinos has led to an increased participation in gambling and its associated problems. Older retired adults have more opportunities to gamble and available funds than other demographic groups. For these reasons, older adults may constitute a special risk group for pathological gambling. Because substance misuse, mood, anxiety, and personality disorders are common in problem and pathological gamblers, we sought to examine rates of comorbid psychiatric disorders in 40 older adults with lifetime pathological gambling using structured assessments of known reliability. The results indicate a high level of psychiatric comorbidity in this population including depression, alcohol dependence, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders, as well as obsessive compulsive and avoidant personality disorders. Implications of these findings for psychiatric nurses are discussed.
Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Comorbidity, Diagnosis, Dual (Psychiatry), Female, Gambling/psychology, Geriatric Assessment, Geriatric Nursing, Humans, Illinois/epidemiology, Iowa/epidemiology, Male, Mass Screening, Mental Disorders/complications/diagnosis/epidemiology, Middle Aged, Nursing Assessment, Nursing Research, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Questionnaires, Regression Analysis, Retirement/psychology, Risk Factors, Substance-Related Disorders/complications/diagnosis/epidemiology
Published Article/Book Citation
Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29:9 (2008) pp.1018-1028. DOI:10.1080/01612840802274933.