#hikikomori in #China (Teo et al. 2017)

“The findings provide further empirical support to Li and Wong’s framework that suggests individuals with more severe social withdrawal suffer from more psychological difficulties and Kato and colleague’s hypothesis that “some common psychopathological mechanisms may exist in the act of “shutting in” Teo, Alan R., Does hikikomori (severe social withdrawal) exist among young people in […]

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2018.1 Insight #hikikomori @TheLancetPsych @drchrisharding

Mr X is a 40-year-old man who has spent half his life—the past 20 years—barely able to leave his room in his parents’ house. For many years aside from attending a monthly outpatient appointment he was asleep while everyone else in his household was awake. And while they slept he was up: whiling away time […]

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Psychiatrist Sekiguchi Hiroshi’s View of Hikikomori

“In Japan today, many young people are disconnecting themselves from society. They have come to be known as hikikomori (recluses), or more formally shakaiteki (social) hikikomori. Though their existence is widely recognized, their true situation is still far from being generally understood. They all have different backgrounds and circumstances and have withdrawn from society for […]

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