Child in rehab after getting so addicted to Fortnite she wet herself

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Playing Fortnite too often has reportedly gone too far for one player with reports emerging that a nine-year-old girl has entered rehab due to her gaming addiction.

And now teachers are saying that pupils younger than Fortnite'sage rating of 12 years old are becoming obsessed with the game and it's having an impact on their concentration in school.

The Mirror reports a United Kingdom couple originally bought their daughter an Xbox in January, and it wasn't long before they noticed the girl was becoming obsessed with the game that has been downloaded millions of times around the world.

Eventually, things got to a point where the child was found sitting on a cushion soaked in urine. It would seem that the child was so taken aback by the game, that she refused to take bathroom breaks. "She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day - sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn't have to leave the screen". One day, they received a call from her teacher to tell them the girl had fallen asleep during classes. Carol's mom said that the child even punched her husband in the face when the tried to take away her console.

Once a keen sportswoman, the youngster starting saying she was too exhausted to do gym or ballet classes and avoided going to church on Sunday with her family.

Despite the game being free on the online store, regular payments of $67 (Rs 4512) were made using their credit card, which the girl said was for in-game purchases.

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"Of course we were furious and confiscated her Xbox", said her mother.

"Over the last two months I've been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as eight showing signs of addiction to Fortnite", Steve Pope, the therapist working with the young girl, told The Mirror.

It's clear that Carol's daughter has a serious Fortnite addiction, and hopefully she gets the help she needs while in rehab.

But 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 game's Battle Royale mode is especially popular and sees 100 players fighting it out to the death in a last man standing contest.

The game has been endorsed by a large number of celebs who regularly upload videos of them playing the game.

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