Italy: “Severe brain disorder” turns out to be “PlayStation addiction”

Thursday, 20th November 2008 13:12 GMT By Patrick Garratt


One for the vault. According to this Ananova piece, Italian medics have diagnosed a 13-year-old boy with “PlayStation addiction” after his “desperate” father rushed him to hospital.

From the story:

At first doctors at southern Italy’s Lecce hospital thought Lorenzo Amato was suffering from a stroke or a severe brain disorder.

The teenager couldn’t speak and didn’t seem to understand anything going on around him. Then doctors discovered he’d just finished a marathon session on his new PlayStation.

Local politician Antonio Buccoliero, who spoke to the doctors, said: “They eventually managed to take care of him once they understood that this was a strange kind of mental detachment connected to his PlayStation.”

The boy is now cured of his ailment, apparently, and has ordered his father to throw the console away as the thought of it makes him want to vomit.

The goal is open.



  1. Blerk

    The teenager couldn’t speak and didn’t seem to understand anything going on around him.

    That’s what all teenagers are like, isn’t it?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. warlock7

    That doesn’t look like news. It looks like an anti-Sony advert.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Sounds more like a positive ad actually, apart from that last bit:
    “He just couldnt take the sheer amazingness of the PlayStation experience. PlayStation; It’ll blow your mind!”
    Depends how you look at it really.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Esha


    I’ll believe this though as soon as it gets reported by a reliable source, at the moment it’s only being reported by sources that people are so unfamiliar with that even their name isn’t spelled correctly.

    It’s like picking up a 10p rag reporting about UFOs and citing that as news which should be spread.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. scratchy69

    What UFOs? WHERE?

    #5 6 years ago
  6. patlike

    I’m still waiting to be a hobbit, you know.

    *taps feet*

    #6 6 years ago

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