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On this track, we will discuss pretreatment assessments. Three tools for pretreatment assessment are the diagnostic interview, assessing comorbidity, and the "daily self monitoring diary".
Assessment #1 - The Diagnostic Interview
The ten APA criteria for pathological gambling are motives of consultation, games that lead to a partial or complete loss of control, history of gambling habits, information on the current gambling problem, consequences of the gambling problem, presence of suicidal ideation, current living conditions, other present or past addictions, presence of prior mental health problems, and personal strengths and resources available. How might these ten criteria help you structure a diagnostic interview for your client?
Assessment #2 - Assessing Comorbidity
Moreover, as you probably also know, there is a high prevalence of affective disorders in pathological gamblers seeking treatment. Estimates of major depression in these samples ranges from thirty to seventy-six percent. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts are also found among pathological gamblers at rates from thirty-six to fifty percent and twelve to sixteen percent, respectively. Clearly, these high percentages are not found in the general population, but rather among a specific population. Gamblers who are consulting a professional or who are admitted to a treatment facility.
Do you expect there to be a significant proportion of pathological gamblers with more than one problem? And consierations of a second problem complicate the therapeutic process? Would you agree that if gamblers show signs of severe mental problems, depression or suicidal intention that these problems should be treated as priorities?
Technique: Initial Steps in Dealing With Suicide and Depression
Tom stated, “I thought I hit bottom after college, but that was nothing. Now I really know what bottom is. Why should I even bother living?”
Assessment #3 - Daily Self Monitoring Diary
On this track we discussed pretreatment assessment. Three tools for pretreatment assessment are the diagnostic interview, assessing comorbidity, and the daily self monitoring diary.
On the next track we will discuss the daily self monitoring diary in more detail.
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