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.