Comorbidity in pathological gambling: Clinical variables, personality and treatment response

S. Jiménez-Murcia, R. Granero Pérez, F. Fernández-Aranda, E. Álvarez Moya, M. N. Aymamí, M. Gómez-Peña, B. Bueno, J. J. Santamaría, L. Moragas, E. Penelo, N. Jaurrieta, M. P. Alonso, C. Segalàs, E. Real, J. Labad, F. Bove, J. Vallejo, J. M. Menchón

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Introduction: Pathological gambling shows high comorbidity rates, especially with substance use disorders, although affective, anxiety and other impulse control disorders, as well as personality disorders, are also frequently associated. Objectives: To explore comorbidity in pathological gambling with other mental disorders in a consecutive sample of patients attending a unit specialized in pathological gambling, and specifically the relationship between substance-related disorders, on the one hand, and personality and clinical variables in pathological gamblers, on the other. Method: A total of 498 patients with a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of Pathological Gambling (11.8% women) were assessed with a semi-structured clinical interview and several clinical and personality scales. Results: Higher comorbidity with affective disorders was found in women (30.5%), while higher comorbidity with substance-related disorders was found in men (11.2%). A positive association was also detected between a history of psychiatric disorders and current comorbidity with substance-use disorders, as well as between alcohol abuse and age. Finally, some personality traits such as low reward dependence (OR = 0.964) and high impulsivity (OR = 1.02) predicted other substance abuse (not alcohol). High selftranscendence scores predicted both alcohol and other substance abuse (OR = 1.06). Conclusions: Our results suggest a high prevalence of comorbid disorders in pathologic gambling, mainly with affective and substance-related disorders. The results of the present study, conducted in a broad sample of consecutively admitted pathologic gamblers, may contribute to understanding of this complex disorder and treatment improvement. © 2009 Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría and Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría Biológica. Published by Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-189
JournalRevista de Psiquiatria y Salud Mental
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009


  • Comorbidity
  • Pathological gambling
  • Personality
  • Psychopathology
  • Substance abuse


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