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Michigan Chronicle article examines WSU researcher's study on problem gambling

January 8, 2013

In a recent paper published in the American Journal on Addictions, researchers from Wayne State University compared treatment- and community-recruited pathological gamblers. According to David M. Ledgerwood, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences in WSU's School of Medicine, it is rare for people to seek treatment for gambling problems even though treatments work to reduce the burden of problem gambling. "Some have suggested that problem gamblers who do not seek treatment have much less severe problems, and that we overestimate the co-occurring difficulties of problem gamblers by studying primarily those who are in treatment, who may have more difficulties overall," said Ledgerwood. "Those who are enrolled in treatment tend to experience greater distress related to their gambling, and are more likely to have gambling-related legal and depression problems and are more preoccupied with gambling."