Compulsive gambling is an impulse control disorder that is characterized by an overwhelming urge to gamble. In compulsive gambling, your life becomes dominated by gambling.

It is not clear what causes compulsive gambling. There is some evidence that there may be a genetic component.

Research has also shown that people who have a gambling addiction experience changes in their brain. These brain changes are like those that occur in people who are addicted to drugs.

Frontal Lobe
Frontal lobe
Impulse control is believed to exist in this part of the brain.
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