Training module: Strategies for Recognizing Hikikomori

Here are some good strategies for recognizing alienated symptoms (Hikikomori):

  1. Look for changes in behavior: One of the most important strategies for recognizing Hikikomori is to look for changes in behavior. This might include a sudden withdrawal from social activities, a lack of interest in hobbies or personal relationships, or a sudden drop in academic or work performance.

  2. Ask questions about social activities: Another good strategy is to ask questions about the person’s social activities. This might include asking if they have any friends or if they participate in any social groups or clubs. If the person is reluctant to discuss their social life or becomes defensive, this could be a sign of Hikikomori.

  3. Seek professional help: If you suspect someone may be experiencing Hikikomori, it’s important to seek professional help. This might include talking to a doctor, therapist, or counselor who can provide a diagnosis and recommend treatment options.

  4. Look for physical symptoms: Some people with Hikikomori may also exhibit physical symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia, or changes in appetite. These physical symptoms can be a sign of underlying mental health issues.

  5. Monitor online activity: With the rise of social media and online communication, some people with Hikikomori may still be active online while avoiding in-person social interactions. Monitoring online activity can provide insight into the person’s social life and behavior.

Remember, recognizing Hikikomori can be difficult, and it’s important to approach the situation with empathy and understanding. If you suspect someone may be experiencing Hikikomori, it’s important to approach them in a non-judgmental way and offer support and resources.


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