Types of Hikikomori

Hikikomori as PTSD

Some worry that hikikomoris become homeless or dying alone. It is PTSD’s symptom to be haunted by past traumas and cannot look forward to future.

  • Repeats telling the stories of past events, such as being bullied
  • Occasional outbursts of anger
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Somatic symptoms and physical nervousness (diarrhea, tense shoulders and neck, inability to move)
  • Feeling of loneliness
  • Has given up having a “normal” life, such as having a marriage or family

Hikikomori as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

  • Dissociated identities
  • Missing memory of traumatic events
  • Occasional derealization
  • Unable to feel emotions, anger, or physical exhaustion

There is a potential for DID should there be missing memories, derealization, feeling of uncomfortableness is a part of you or there is another self.

Hikikomori is treatable. One can begin to have relationships with others by building trusting therapeutic relationship with a therapist and discovering the lost true self that retreated from the mother in childhood.