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Suicide and Gambling Disorder

About the Course

This course is based on two articles that investigate the relationship between gambling disorder, mortality, suicidality, and concurrent disorders. Both studies collected data from Swedish national patient registries and monitored people who had gambling issues. The researchers found that individuals with gambling addictions had a considerably increased mortality risk, largely due to suicide, as well as a greater prevalence of concomitant illnesses such as substance use disorders, mental disorders, and physical health difficulties. These findings highlight the need of early detection and treatment of gambling addictions to avoid negative outcomes and improve overall health and well-being.

This course is based on the reading-based online articles, Suicide Attempt in Patients With Gambling Disorder – Associations With Comorbidity Including Substance Use Disorders created by Dr. Anders Håkansson and Dr. Anna Karlsson in 2020 and the reading-based online articles, Gambling disorder, increased mortality, suicidality, and associated comorbidity: A longitudinal nationwide register study created by Dr. Anders Håkansson and Dr. Anna Karlsson in 2018.

Publication Date:

Jour of Beh Add 7(4); Front. Psychiatry, 16 Nov 2020 Sec. Addictive Disorders Vol. 11

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Dr. Anders Håkansson
Dr. Anders Håkansson is a renowned researcher in the field of psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has spent his career researching the complicated link between gambling addictions, substance use disorders, and mental health. Dr. Håkansson obtained his medical degree and completed his psychiatry residency. His desire to comprehend the fundamental causes of addiction compelled him to pursue additional specialty in addiction medicine.
Dr. Anna Karlsson
Dr. Anna Karlsson is a committed and successful researcher in the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Dr. Karlsson pursued a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute. She has made important contributions to science because she is passionate about comprehending the complexity of the human brain.

Course Creator

Danny Wamsley, LCASA
Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.

Recommended For:

Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Examine the prevalence of suicide attempts among individuals with gambling disorder.
  2. Describe the associations between comorbid mental health and substance use disorders and suicide attempts among individuals with gambling disorder.
  3. Identify risk factors for suicide attempts in individuals with gambling disorder.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and the reviewer:

Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Faculty: Danny Wamsley, LCASA

No relevant financial relationships.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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