The publication of the DSM-5 was one of the most anticipated events in the mental health field this year. As the primary reference book for mental health professionals, it contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. The DSM-5 also includes diagnosis criteria used by clinicians to report disorders to insurers for reimbursement and to public health authorities for causes of illness and death.
The DSM-5 incorporated several changes, including the reclassification of gambling disorders as an addiction.
In anticipation of the release of the DSM-5 earlier this year, the NCRG developed a white paper that provides an overview of these expected changes to gambling disorders and how they will impact our understanding, identification and treatment of the disorder and the development of responsible gaming strategies. Titled “The Evolving Definition of Pathological Gambling in the DSM-5,” and prepared by the NCRG’s Christine Reilly and Nathan Smith, this white paper addresses the evolving nature of the DSM, the current diagnostic code for pathological gambling, and the expected changes for the disorder in the DSM-5.