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 … Continue reading 2018.1 Insight #hikikomori @TheLancetPsych @drchrisharding

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 They all have different backgrounds and circumstances and have withdrawn from society for … Continue reading Psychiatrist Sekiguchi Hiroshi’s View of Hikikomori

Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention with Animal-Assisted Therapy for Socially Withdrawn Youths in Hong Kong (Wong et al. 2017)

Abstract This is an evaluation study of a pilot multicomponent program with animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for socially withdrawn youth with or without mental health problems in Hong Kong. There were fifty-six participants. Decreased level of social anxiety, and increased levels of perceived employability and self-esteem across two withdrawn groups were observed. When comparing those who … Continue reading Efficacy of a Multicomponent Intervention with Animal-Assisted Therapy for Socially Withdrawn Youths in Hong Kong (Wong et al. 2017)

Characteristics of socially withdrawn youth in France: A retrospective study (Chauliac et al. 2017)

International Journal of Social Psychiatry Abstract Background: Poor social interactions have been recognized as a symptom since the beginnings of psychiatry. As far as socially withdrawn youth (SWY) are concerned, studies were mostly conducted on patients seeking care. Our psychiatric outreach team called Psymobile was able to reach SWY patients who were not seeking mental … Continue reading Characteristics of socially withdrawn youth in France: A retrospective study (Chauliac et al. 2017)

Traumatic dimensions of hikikomori: a Foucauldian note (TAJAN 2017, Asian Journal of Psychiatry)

Free access to my letter to the editor of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UjO~_ggEwIEDM Clicks until May 05, 2017: free access to the article (No sign up or registration is needed) Highlights Acute social withdrawal (hikikomori) is an epidemic in Japan. There are three traumatic dimensions of hikikomori survivors: the trigger of bullying, the … Continue reading Traumatic dimensions of hikikomori: a Foucauldian note (TAJAN 2017, Asian Journal of Psychiatry)

Hikikomori: The Japanese Cabinet Office’s 2016 Survey of Acute Social Withdrawal

Abstract  In September 2016, the Cabinet Office of Japan published the results of an epidemiological survey focusing on acute social withdrawal (hikikomori). This article summarizes and assesses the major features of the survey. It aims at facilitating research and international exchanges on a mental health and social problem affecting at least 541,000 people in Japan … Continue reading Hikikomori: The Japanese Cabinet Office’s 2016 Survey of Acute Social Withdrawal