Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Young Girl Enters Rehab for Fortnite Addiction

Young Girl Enters Rehab for Fortnite Addiction

Once their 9-year-old daughter downloaded Fortnite, however, her grades in school began to suffer.

According to a report from The Mirror, everything seemed normal when the girl's parents purchased her an Xbox One for Christmas of previous year.

The woman said that she and her husband chose to seek help when they've discovered Carol sitting on a urine-soaked cushion.

She would wait until after her parents had fallen asleep, not even getting up to go to the toilet as she continued playing until 5am.

Mirror reported today that the unnamed girl in question entered "intensive rehab" to break her addiction to the battle royale game, the player's parents reportedly said. "She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day - sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen".

"This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl's life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic".

Just two months later they became concerned about her behaviour after the head teacher asked to speak to them about her ailing grades and sleeping in lessons. The parents also started noticing regular charges on their credit card, which totaled up to £50 ($67) a month.

She even lashed out at her father when he tried to confiscate her Xbox gaming console. A couple from the United Kingdom sent their 9-year-old daughter to rehab after she became addicted to "Fortnite". These in-game purchases help boost performance.

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The woman described how Fornite had made her son less sociable, saying he would ignore family time.

But after her father discovered her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion, the child came clean about her addiction.

And experts fear many children are at risk of developing mental health problems as a result of over-exposure to violent and addictive video games.

The family contacted an addictions counselor and the girl was admitted for psychotherapy.

The multiplayer shooting game's most popular format sees 100 people jump out of a plane to land on an island and fight until only one is left.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that addictive online shooter games like Fortnite can have a damaging impact on children.

But her mum said: 'I urge every parent out there to know what this game can do, how it sucks young children in and could ruin lives'.

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