The Pathological Gambling Unit participates in two major congresses in Madrid and Nottingham

This June, professionals from the Pathological Gambling and Behavioural Addictions Unit of the Psychiatry Service of the Bellvitge University Hospital (HUB) have participated in two major professional meetings: the 9th National Congress on Diabesity, in Madrid, and the 7th International Conference on Behavioural Addiction, which has been held in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

The 9th Congress on Diabesity, organised by the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO), the Spanish Diabetes Society (SED) and the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN), was held in Madrid on 17 and 18 June.

The aim of this edition was to highlight the importance of the multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of metabolic syndrome. An example of this was the participation of Susana Jiménez Murcia, clinical psychologist and head of the Pathological Gambling Unit at the HUB, who spoke about the psychological approach to psychiatric patients with obesity. The presentation consisted of an interview with Professor Carlos Diéguez, scientific director of the Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition CIBER.

7th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA)

The city of Nottingham hosted the 7th International Conference on Behavioural Addictions from 20 to 22 June, bringing together more than 300 researchers, clinicians, social workers and other professionals from all over the world specialising in non-substance addictions. The event, which is considered the most important in its field, was organised by the International Society for Study of Behavioral Addictions (ISSBA). Professionals from the HUB's Pathological Gambling and Behavioural Addictions Unit took part in it.

Specifically, the HUB professionals organised a symposium on Associated Factors in Gambling Disorder, in which they discussed comorbidity, illegal acts derived from gambling problems, the affectation of executive functions and self-injurious and suicidal behaviour as a consequence of this disorder. They also participated in the symposium on the gender perspective in behavioural addictions, within the frame of the interest group on women suffering these pathologies, of which their unit is part.