Addictive Behaviors Course at UO – Disordered Gambling, Julie Hynes

| June 11, 2014

Slides from Class – Disordered Gambling – November 4, 2015

The slides below include what we discussed in class and, as noted, provide additional content for your reference. Questions or comments? Contact me. Best wishes in all you do!

Additional links:

Problem Gambling: Understanding Addictions

What we discussed in class:

  • History & trends of gambling
  • Defining gambling disorders
  • Addiction & mental health connections
  • Gambling & the brain
  • Addressing the issue – prevention, intervention and treatment

Behavioral Addiction:

Can you think of any other behavioral issues that you think should be classified as addictions? Which ones? What are arguments for/against issues being called “addictions?”



  • Gambling to escape problems
  • Chasing” losses with more gambling
  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling
  • Committing crimes to finance gambling
  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education because of gambling
  • Relying on others to bail him or her out relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

The brain, dopamine and gambling:

Dopamine not released when expecting a loss. The brain IS flooded with dopamine when expecting a win!

It’s not about the money – it’s about the action of the game and the hope of winning.


Category: Presentations, Problem Gambling

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