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date: 15 December 2019

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Impulse control disorders (ICDs) are not well studied in the elderly, as the development of ICDs tend to decrease with age. Although less prevalent than younger patients, older adults with ICDs—psychological gambling in particular—may have unique assessment and treatment challenges as a result of their age, elaborate social community, comorbid medical conditions, and attitudes about mental health treatment. This chapter discusses the phenomenology of excessive gambling and other ICDs in elders, unique risk factors for this older population, and some potential treatment options. The chapter concludes with some thoughts on the future directions for research in this field.

Keywords: impulse control, gambling, substance abuse, older adults, assessment, treatment

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