Gambling Addiction Explained?

Read this article posted by Medscape News    on October the 30th 2012  about a study undertaken by investigators at the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research, in the Netherlands, to find out the particular cerebral activation of those for whom gambling has become an addiction, affecting in a negative way their lives, relationships and work.

Extract from words by coinvestigator Anna E. Goudriaan, PhD, at the 25th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress: “…When thinking of neuromodulation, the possibility of stimulating the cognitive-control system by implementing high-frequency repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), and thus diminishing the responsivity of the response system, may provide a new way of normalizing the abnormal neural mechanism…as an add-on treatment combined with cognitive behavioral therapy.”

Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, PhD, from the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and the Center of Clinical Epidemiology and Longitudinal Studies at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany: “…In a way, we have to reeducate the brain to build up new connections. So I believe drugs might be needed to open up this door for better therapy. But at the end, I think it comes down to changing behavior by cognitive behavioral methods. There is no quick fix.”

Parts of Dr. Goudriaan’s research were first reported April 15, 2012, in Biological Psychiatry.

25th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress. Presented October 14, 2012.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has, according to this article, been proven as an efficiency based complementary treatment to this kind of conditions. The application of Cognitive behavioural Therapy combined with the effects of a hypnotic state (cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy) is also an option which can, in some cases, enhance, improve, consolidate or speed up the desired process of  change.


About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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