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Hikikomori - Definition


Adolescents who are afflicted with hikikomori live reclusive lives, often for very long periods of time, in their room, usually living with their parents. These individuals do not feel at ease in the outside world, and so isolate themselves and refuse all social contact. This condition is not associated with any neurological disorder. It is the manifestation of the stress and trauma caused by social and school pressures, linked to the highly-competitive nature of school and life, that these adolescents are unable to cope with and prefer to cut themselves off from society instead. This phenomenon is commonly seen in Japan.