Schizophrenia and Pathological Gambling: Case Report and Literature ReviewAuthor(s): Sara Carneiro*, Sónia Azenha and Pedro Morgado
Background: Pathological Gambling translates into a persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behaviour that compromises negatively the personal, family, social and work domains of the individual.
Case: Report of a 37-year-old male patient diagnosed with Schizophrenia since the age of 25. The patient started to exhibit Pathological Gambling behaviour at 35 years old. After a pharmacological adjustment, replacing Paliperidone 100 mg IM (Intramuscular) monthly for Paliperidone 350 mg IM trimestral, the subject demonstrated a reduction in the afflicting gambling behaviours.
Discussion: This case aims to promote and support new research between possible links and factors that may be involved in the comorbidity of Schizophrenia and Pathological Gambling. Preventive and therapeutic intervention can play a significant role to improve the overall functioning of this group of patients.