TITLE

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY IN PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING; A CASE ANALYSIS

AUTHOR(S)
Lupu, Viorel
PUB. DATE
September 2008
SOURCE
Journal of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies;Sep2008, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p269
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The paper describes a cognitive-behavioral intervention in the case of a 29 year-old patient brought to therapy by his mother and girlfriend due to excessive gambling, (roulette and slot machine games). The patient was diagnoses with pathological gambling, meeting 9 of 10 DSM-IV-TR criteria for this diagnosis. Also, he scored very high (18) on the 20- questions questionnaire of Gamblers Anonymous (USA). His case was approached by a two-fold intervention: (1) medication: Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) in a dosage of 3x1 tb/day (1 tablet=300 mg), for 6 months and (2) cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) over 20 sessions, delivered in a 1 session/week format for the first 3 months, followed by 1 session every other week, and by 1 monthly session towards the end. The CBT package comprised hypnosis and self-hypnosis techniques and REBT techniques. The evolution of the case was favorable.
ACCESSION #
34615015

 

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