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Gambling Problems in Bipolar Disorder in the UK: Prevalence and Distribution.

Jones, Lisa ORCID:, Metcalf, A., Gordon-Smith, Katherine ORCID:, Forty, L., Perry, Amy ORCID:, Lloyd, J., Geddes, J.R., Goodwin, G.M., Jones, I., Craddock, N. and Rogers, R.D. (2015) Gambling Problems in Bipolar Disorder in the UK: Prevalence and Distribution. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207 (4). pp. 328-333. ISSN Print: 0007-1250 Online:1472-1465

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BackgroundNorth American studies show bipolar disorder is associated with elevated rates of problem gambling; however, little is known about rates in the different presentations of bipolar illness.AimsTo determine the prevalence and distribution of problem gambling in people with bipolar disorder in the UK.MethodThe Problem Gambling Severity Index was used to measure gambling problems in 635 participants with bipolar disorder.ResultsModerate to severe gambling problems were four times higher in people with bipolar disorder than in the general population, and were associated with type 2 disorder (OR = 1.74, P = 0.036), history of suicidal ideation or attempt (OR = 3.44, P = 0.02) and rapid cycling (OR = 2.63, P = 0.008).ConclusionsApproximately 1 in 10 patients with bipolar disorder may be at moderate to severe risk of problem gambling, possibly associated with suicidal behaviour and a rapid cycling course. Elevated rates of gambling problems in type 2 disorder highlight the probable significance of modest but unstable mood disturbance in the development and maintenance of such problems.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: bipolar disorder, problem gambling, gambling behaviours, UK
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2015 09:03
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 11:35

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