Problem gambling

Prevalence in problem gamblers

What is prevalence of bipolar disorder in problem gamblers?

Prevalence represents the overall proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder of interest. It is different from incidence, which represents only the new cases that have developed over a particular time period. Point prevalence is the proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder at a given point in time (e.g., at one-month post-trauma), while period prevalence is the proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder over specific time periods (e.g., one to two months post-trauma). Lifetime prevalence is the proportion of individuals in a population who have ever had the disorder and lifetime morbid risk also includes those who had the disorder but were deceased at the time of the survey.

What is the prevalence of bipolar disorder in problem gamblers?

Moderate quality evidence finds the prevalence of bipolar disorder in people with problem gamling is around 9%. This is lower than in people with nicotine dependence (56.4%), major depressive disorders (29.9%), alcohol use disorders (21.2%), anxiety disorders (17.6%), social phobia (14.9%), generalised anxiety disorder (14.4%), panic disorder (13.7%), post-traumatic stress disorder (12.3%), cannabis use disorder (11.5%), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (9.3%), and adjustment disorder (9.2%).

October 2021

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Last updated at: 5:15 am, 27th October 2021
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