A Spanish team from the Provincial Hospital of Castellón, the Jaume I University and the General University Hospital has published the first clinical case in the world of a minor who had to be hospitalized for two months for video game abuse when presenting a serious behavioral addiction to Fortnite.
The symptoms that led to the decision to hospitalize the patient, a teenager from the province of Castellón with a serious behavioral addiction to the Fortnite video game, included isolation at home, rejection of social interactions with refusal to go to health services, persistent personal inflexibility, little interest in their environment and very selective in their tastes and with restrictive activities.
In addition, he presented alterations in the performance of the basic activities of daily life, in taking the treatment prescribed in the day hospital and in the rhythm of sleep, as reported by the UJI. It was a minor with a very high previous academic performance.
The family had observed, from the beginning of the beginning of the course, greater absenteeism from school, breakdown of rest schedules and disconnection from the rhythm of the course coinciding with a change in class.
The specialists involved in the study have warned about the need to pay attention to the behaviors of minors among whom its use has spread given “the growing precociousness in their consumption”, especially due to “the lack of maturation in executive functions and cognitive during adolescence “.