Year: 1984 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.141, no.2, (1984), p.215-218 SIEC No: 19841771

To assess the frequency of affective disorders among pathological gamblers, 50 patients admitted to the gambling treatment program of a Veterans Administration hospital were tested. 76% of subjects were diagnosed as having major depressive disorder & 38% as having hypomanic disorder. The patients with major depressive disorder & 1 patient with schizoaffective disorder, depressed type, were more likely to miss work because of gambling. A large number of patients displayed suicidal tendencies.