BRIEF BIOSOCIAL GAMBLING SCREEN (BBGS)

The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) is a 3-item survey designed to help people decide on their own whether to seek a formal evaluation of their gambling behavior.  The BBGS is based on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for pathological gambling. For more information and to use the BBGS e-screener, please visit the  Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addiction.

DSM-5 GAMBLING DISORDER CRITERIA

The American Psychiatric Association provides guidelines used for gambling disorders, which can be found within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

NORC DIAGNOSTIC SCREEN FOR GAMBLING PROBLEMS-SELF ADMINISTERED (NODS-SA)

The NODS-SA is self-assessment version of the NODS (the NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Disorders). It was designed to assist individuals in evaluating whether to modify or seek help for their gambling behavior. The NODS is based on the APA’s DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling.

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING 10 YES/NO QUESTIONS HONESTLY:

  1. Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences, planning out future gambling ventures or bets, or thinking about ways of getting money to gamble with?*
  2. Have you ever felt restless or irritable when trying to stop, cut down, or control your gambling?*
  3. Has your gambling ever caused serious or repeated problems in your relationships with any of your family members or friends? Or, has your gambling ever caused you problems at work or your studies?*
  4. Have you ever needed to ask family members, friends, a lending institution, or anyone else to loan you money or otherwise bail you out of a desperate money situation that was largely caused by your gambling?*
  • REMINDER: This self-assessment will help you figure out if there is a problem, but only a professional can diagnose if it is a gambling problem, a different problem, or both.
  • If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you should seek help.

Screening tools provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling.