In Spain, the first clinical case of addiction to Fortnite. It is about a teenager who was hospitalized for two months because of the problem.
According to the report of Information, the young man presented various symptoms that caught the attention of his parents due to his change in behavior. In addition to being absent more frequently from his school, he began to isolate himself from his environment; he was locked up at home – presumably because of gambling – he restricted his social interactions as much as possible and his sleep rhythm was altered.
Above the above, the boy refused to be treated by medical specialists to find the cause of the problem.
As a result of the events, a team of doctors from the Castellón Provincial Hospital, the General University Hospital and the Jaume I University was created to study the case and provide a solution. And the results ended up being effective, thanks to a multidisciplinary approach that included several strategies so that the child could realize what was happening.
Doctors discovered that addiction to Fortnite it had to do with a form of mourning for the death of a relative; in this case, the game became “a haven for his emotional distress.”
Hospitalization made it possible to reduce the use of screens, with which the child gradually improved his behavior since at the beginning, the devices were used only to contact other people. In addition, the boy was able to realize about how addiction to Fortnite it affected his life.
The specialists who worked with the minor assure that parents should pay attention to possible changes in children’s behavior, which may be associated with the use of video games in general, beyond Fortnite. Likewise, it is not the first time that a similar case has occurred: in Great Britain, a girl also presented symptoms of addiction to the game in question, similar to those of the Spanish adolescent.