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Posted 2/22/15 , edited 2/23/15
If it weren't for bills and for figures and merch I probably would be.

Honestly back when the one bookstore I worked for went under, the only reason at that point in time in my life (still living with my parents and them paying for a good chunk of stuff I did back then when I was that age) I was so quick to go out and nab another job was because I had figure orders every month and I couldn't live without my figures, lol. Sad but true. But I guess at least it kept me as a productive member of society to some extent.
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kurosakiichigo2010 wrote:


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kurosakiichigo2010 wrote:

I have to say I was a NEET for like 2 years of my life because of extreme social anxiety. There were periods of time where I wouldn't leave the house for days. Thankfully I have gotten a little better and although I still have social anxiety, I'm working part time and studying now.


For those who don't know what NEET and hikikomori mean:

NEET: A NEET or neet is a young person who is "Not in Education, Employment, or Training".

Hikikomori: The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare defines hikikomori as people who refuse to leave their house and, thus, isolate themselves from society in their homes for a period exceeding six months.
neet and hikki here.i too suffer from depression,anxiety,agoraphobia,OCD and god knows what else.....i havent left my house in years! to the point that i no longer recognize my own city.the only time that i can go out is when i have to go to the docs.i dont have friends or anything of the kind and yeah....it sucks but medication can only go so far when you illnesses get severe

i did got better for awhile to get my high school diploma though


Hey dude I have been in a similar situation and I know it's very rough, but don't give up!! You can definitely get better but only if you want to of course. Have you tried seeing a psychologist?
i'm seen a shrink but she is pretty bad at counseling and the only meds that am currently taking is a benzo because if i take the other anti-depressants they will just screw me with the stupid side effects.i used to see a therapist when younger and she was good but had to leav-or rather they made me leave the clinic because i was already over 18 and that clinic was for teens only...so, yeah that was like a big while ago and for the record i do want to get better.i have tried to go out but the stupid panic attacks will come up all of the sudden and i also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome so you can imagine its not a pretty picture,bro

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Posted 2/23/15 , edited 2/23/15
I would not consider myself a NEET as I do leave the house, most of the time I would rather not though. The main reason I leave home is for work or the general meet up with friends event. I prefer to stay inside generally, alone. I don't think this is odd behaviour though, most of the people outside are irritating.
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I'm not a neet because I have a job but most of the time I prefer to stay home. On the weekends, I usually just sleep, eat, and watch anime. Once in a while, I would hang out with my friends.
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I'm a forced Hikikomori. I haven't been able to leave my house (with exceptions of being rushed to the hospital) for years now do to an injury and health condition. At first it was a purely physical injury but grew into just as much a psychological one over time as well.
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It's sad to see alotta fellow members have been in these states before ,

I was practically a Hikikomori for 3 years, due to severe depression , I watched alot of anime by myself all alone back then.
Anime honestly helped and NHK had me relate with the character and not feel so alone in my thoughts and opinions .
Anyway, reccommend that shit if you're in that state or have been, Watamote's ahright too, especially if you were a lonely loser in high school ect.

In other words, good luck to ya all! Anime is great!
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Sound pretty NEET-y to me >_< I personally never really thought that that's what i was/am basically. Granted if someone invites me to do something i may go but only after willing myself to go (So that i don't get worse" but crowds and the idea that people can see and judge me really really makes me uncomfortable.
The main reason i picked your post is because you stated that your job kinda made you less of a hikikori I don't have a job because i honest to god don't think i'd be able to work at a register and talk to people on a daily basis but i think it would help a lot. But at my previous jobs i've always worked on a team and was always smiling and waving to people but EVERY chance i got to be by myself i took it. This included eating my lunches by the planes with my earplugs in instead of in the break room with my fellow employees.....
Well I am still not a NEET, I have a college education and several certifications that my employer required me to get. I feel I am more Hikikomori because my current job is a "Remote" job meaning I work from home. During my last job I had to go into an office. I was very non-social at work. Though it sounds like our office environments were different. 90% of the office where I worked hated the break room and often times went out to eat lunch at a restaurant or at their desk. I was an oddball who at in the break room. Then with the advent of the CR android app I ate, and then took a quick trip down to the lobby to watch an episode or two of anime.

I also find myself more Hikikomori because if I go to an anime convention I find myself avoiding people. Between panels I will find corners to sit in and play my 3DS or PSV. Even if I am cosplaying, I intentionally cosplay kind of obscure characters as a method to repel people from taking my picture, it works really well. I guess if anything when I attend conventions I am present but not there.

Anyway enough babbling, I just wanted to clarify that I cannot be NEET because I have both an Education and Employment Training.
Posted 2/23/15
I'm still a kid and haven't moved out yet, so I don't qualify for either term, thankfully!
Posted 2/23/15
Nah I wouldn't consider myself either of those
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I'm kind of a NEET, cept I have a job. So I guess I'm just a NET.
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Yeah I'm a NEET. I'm hoping to break it by taking further education, though. The hard part is figuring out something that I want to do which is also applicable to a job.
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Technically, I am one since I just finished graduate school, but I am having a hard time finding a job. In the meantime, I doing stuff like tutoring and writing an article for my graduate school research, but I am still unemployed at the moment hoping that changes soon.
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I do not plan on being one. Pray for me lol
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Posted 2/23/15

perrandy wrote:


kurosakiichigo2010 wrote:


perrandy wrote:


kurosakiichigo2010 wrote:

I have to say I was a NEET for like 2 years of my life because of extreme social anxiety. There were periods of time where I wouldn't leave the house for days. Thankfully I have gotten a little better and although I still have social anxiety, I'm working part time and studying now.


For those who don't know what NEET and hikikomori mean:

NEET: A NEET or neet is a young person who is "Not in Education, Employment, or Training".

Hikikomori: The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare defines hikikomori as people who refuse to leave their house and, thus, isolate themselves from society in their homes for a period exceeding six months.
neet and hikki here.i too suffer from depression,anxiety,agoraphobia,OCD and god knows what else.....i havent left my house in years! to the point that i no longer recognize my own city.the only time that i can go out is when i have to go to the docs.i dont have friends or anything of the kind and yeah....it sucks but medication can only go so far when you illnesses get severe

i did got better for awhile to get my high school diploma though


Hey dude I have been in a similar situation and I know it's very rough, but don't give up!! You can definitely get better but only if you want to of course. Have you tried seeing a psychologist?
i'm seen a shrink but she is pretty bad at counseling and the only meds that am currently taking is a benzo because if i take the other anti-depressants they will just screw me with the stupid side effects.i used to see a therapist when younger and she was good but had to leav-or rather they made me leave the clinic because i was already over 18 and that clinic was for teens only...so, yeah that was like a big while ago and for the record i do want to get better.i have tried to go out but the stupid panic attacks will come up all of the sudden and i also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome so you can imagine its not a pretty picture,bro


I have also tried taking medication for social anxiety but for some reason it never really worked for me. I think one of the most helpful things I did was CBT , it teaches you so many skills and strategies to overcome social anxiety. If you are interested, the name of the CBT audio series is "Overcoming social anxiety step by step" by thomas richards. I know how tough it is living with social anxiety, I wouldn't wish this on anyone, I still have pretty bad social anxiety but I'm working everyday to get better and not let it get in the way of me accomplishing my goals. Good luck man!! You can get better, never stop believing.
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Posted 2/23/15 , edited 2/24/15

Leodhas wrote:

It's sad to see alotta fellow members have been in these states before ,

I was practically a Hikikomori for 3 years, due to severe depression , I watched alot of anime by myself all alone back then.
Anime honestly helped and NHK had me relate with the character and not feel so alone in my thoughts and opinions .
Anyway, reccommend that shit if you're in that state or have been, Watamote's ahright too, especially if you were a lonely loser in high school ect.

In other words, good luck to ya all! Anime is great!

It's definitely tough being a hikikomori/ NEET. I hope all fellow anime fans with this problem can overcome it one day. Welcome to the NHK was amazing! I felt so at home when watching it, I am so glad an anime was made about social anxiety, it's such an overlooked problem and I'm glad this series at least raised a bit of awareness about social anxiety.

Now if only a Misaki chan would appear in my life and help cure my social anxiety lol
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