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Many problem gamblers suffer from ADHD: expert

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – In the midst of ADHD Awareness Week, we’re hearing many problem gamblers suffer from the condition.

ADHD coach Pete Quily says gambling is an impulse disorder and the three main symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity.

He says 20 per cent of pathological gamblers have ADHD, roughly 5 per cent of the population. “The government refuses to diagnose us or treat us. When you see the cost of ADHD, whether it be gambling, addiction, or jail, it’s a lot cheaper to treat us. They don’t seem to be taking it seriously, the research is out there.”

Quily says substance abuse is also a major issue. “If you have ADHD and get it treated through medication and other ways, you actually reduce the risk of substance abuse. The smallest number I’ve seen is 20 to 30 per cent of addicts and alcoholics have ADHD.”

He adds 21 to 45 per cent of prisoners in jail have ADHD.

“Don’t you think as a society we should more likely focus on getting these people the treatment they deserve and having more legal entrepreneurs, because many billions have ADHD, instead of criminal entrepreneurs who are self-medicating with booze, drugs and violence,” Quily wonders.

The News1130 Evening Show is hosting a week-long ADHD Awareness special, speaking with experts, support staff, and people that live with the condition.

News1130‘s Ben Wilson will be hosting live interviews nightly at 7:05 p.m.