Addictions are serious business. They can ruin relationships, financial success, and drive relationships into the ground. They can also end up killing someone or forcing the addict into a life of crime. When people around the addict recognize the behavior, they can try to intervene and find them the help they need, but unless the addict wants to do the hard work and get better, it might not work trying to force someone to change, which can be depressing for families.
A nine-year-old girl has become addicted to the Fortnite video game. She played it so much, she “wet herself to continue playing and hit her father in the face when he tried to take away her Xbox,” Mail Online reports.
The girl, who is still in elementary school, spent up to ten hours each day playing the video game. She would play at night when everyone else in the house slept. Only when her father found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion did he realize that his daughter was an addict. If she was unwilling to step away from the game for two minutes to use the bathroom, he knew she needed professional help to break this horrible addiction.
The game she was addicted to was Fortnite. Since it was launched in July 2017, it has been downloaded more than 40 million times. In other words, it is a very popular game right now.
The game is a survival shooter game intended for an older audience. Because the game was not very child-friendly, the nine-year-old girl was playing the killing game secretly at night when her family was asleep. Because she was so hooked on the game, she stopped getting up to use the bathroom and would instead relieve herself on the couch so she could keep playing.
The elementary-school-age girl has entered intensive psychotherapy treatment to battle her addiction. If she could give her addiction the same level of focus she did Fortnite, she should be able to conquer it. But it won’t be easy for her to beat it. She spent ten hours each day playing the game all night. She would catch up on sleep when she was in school.
When her father tried to help her by removing the Xbox, she attacked him. Her mother told Matthew Barbour of the Sunday People:
“We had no idea when we let her play the game, of the addictive nature or the impact it could have on her mental health. My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game.”
Her mother was horrified to see her daughter in such a state of addiction.
“She was so hooked to the game, she wouldn’t even go to the toilet.”
When her parents bought her the Xbox in January, the girl downloaded Fortnite. Because many celebrities had endorsed the game,
Two months after buying her the video game, her parents started to worry. The girl quit ballet and played the game.
Experts worry that excessive gaming can cause mental health problems.