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A nine-year-old British schoolgirl is undergoing therapy to cure her addiction to the Fortnite video game. The girl’s parents were forced to enter their child into rehab for behaving in ways not expected from a child her age. These include getting up at night and playing Fortnite until dawn; not going to the bathroom because she could not leave the game; hitting her father in the face after he tried to confiscate her Xbox gaming console; and sleeping in class because of her nocturnal habits, according to Matthew Barbour, reporting for Mirror UK. 

The girl’s mother said they had no idea that the game would have such a negative influence on their daughter and allowed her to play the game. She added that their daughter became withdrawn, ­agitated, and disturbed from playing Fortnite for up to ten hours a day, often until it was already dawn and forgetting to go to the bathroom. The mother hopes that Fortnite would be banned before what happened to her daughter becomes a nationwide epidemic. 

The mother said they bought their daughter an Xbox in January this year and she downloaded the Fortnite video game shortly afterward. It was not until the middle of March that they started getting worried about their child after being told by her teacher that their daughter had fallen asleep twice in class and her grades were starting to deteriorate. Their daughter had also stopped going to ballet lessons and no longer went to church with them on Sunday mornings. They also noticed that there were small but regular payments to Microsoft on their credit cards, which their daughter admitted were for purchases she made while watching Fortnite. When they tried to confiscate their daughter’s Xbox, she retaliated by hitting her father in the face. 

The final straw came when the father once chanced upon her daughter sitting on a cushion soaked in urine while playing Fortnite. The parents took their daughter to see an addictions counselor who conducted several psychotherapy sessions with the child, who is reportedly making progress in catching up with her studies.