The continuation of the irresponsible gambling behaviour leads to the continuous production of neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and disappointment of winning and losing, altering the normal functioning of the brain until an addiction to gambling develops.

The symptoms include, for example:

  • chasing losses: “sooner or later I will win and recover everything” and false beliefs: “I’m lucky, I’m good and I’ve figured out the trick to beat the machine”

In these pathological conditions the psychological therapies are long and expensive (5 years on average to get a 80/90 % success rate) and with high risks of relapse that may prove even more severe.

Ludopathies usually lead to:

  • Loss of self-esteem, the breakdown of family and social relationships and increased risk of suicide and are contiguous with criminal activities such as loan-sharking.

Like the socio-economic trap generated by the mutualistic nature of gambling, the cognitive trap of gaming needs public intervention to prevent it (see the GR System) and treat it.