Non-substance-related disorders: Gambling disorder and internet addiction

Hans Jurgen Rumpf*, Anja Bischof, Klaus Wölfling, Tagrid Leménager, Natasha Thon, Franz Moggi, Geert Dom, Friedrich Martin Wurst

*Corresponding author for this work
3 Citations (Scopus)


Behavioural addictions are highly prevalent in specific subgroups and have a major individual and societal impact. Moreover, given the availability and increase of potentially addictive activities in our societal development(e.g. internet, gaming, online pornography) an increase in these types of behavioural disorders is very likely. Gambling Disorders are best studied among the non-chemical addictions. However, effective treatment interventions need to be further developed, in particular for Internet Addiction. Most of the available evidence supports behavioural interventions as first-line treatment. Specifically for Gambling Disorder, pharmacotherapy can be a useful augmentation. Psychiatric comorbidities are frequent in patients with behaviouraln addictions and negatively affect the course of non-substance-related disorders. Concurrent treatment of these comorbid disorders is advised, although there is a clear need of conducting studies evaluating the effectiveness of integrated treatment approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCo-Occurring Addictive and Psychiatric Disorders: A Practice-Based Handbook from A European Perspective
Number of pages16
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date01.01.2015
ISBN (Print)9783642453748
ISBN (Electronic)9783642453755
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2015

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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