Gambling Disorder and Physical Health
Gambling disorder can have a significant impact on physical health, including consequences on sleep, cardiovascular functioning, memory and other stress-related illnesses. This webinar will review the current state of knowledge around how gambling disorder impacts physical health and vice versa. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging treatment providers to discuss physical health and self-care as part of the comprehensive treatment plan for gambling disorder patients. Office-based treatment techniques and strategies to promote exercise, weight loss, health maintenance and positive self-care will be emphasized and reviewed.
Dr. Fong is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Fong completed his undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. Currently, he is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of problem and pathological gambling in an effort to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies. He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program designed to provide a leading edge clinical and research training experience. Dr. Fong’s research interests include understanding pathological gambling, hypersexual disorders and behavioral addictions from a biopsychosocial perspective.
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