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  1. Thank you for the support. At this time I do not have a regular job but I occasionally help at my family's business. I'm going to school (online at this time), but hopefully I'm taking an evening class in the fall. It's difficult getting out and I have been toying with the idea that if I "practice" getting out I'll feel less awkward. I'm able to have a conversation but I'm slow to warm to people (definitely an introvert) and if I have any negative reactions, I'm especially sensitive to it (something I need to work on). Today I was able to get out a little, going to a bookstore and my pharmacist. It felt awkward, but better than it has been. My new medication seems to be helping. Anyway, I'll start to get out more, taking baby steps. Going for a walk, looking for social groups, etc. thank you again.
  2. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and thought I would introduce myself. I found this website by searching hikikomori (sp?) support in my area, a condition found in Japan for those with extreme social withdrawal. I struggle with OCD, social anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, likely from the bullying that I experienced in elementary and junior highschool. I struggle with getting out, only leaving my house in order to visit my healthcare professionals and a volunteer activity that I do once a week. Otherwise I'm home alone watching television, reading, or playing Videogames. I'm by no means different or "odd looking" (other than being a tad overweight), but I have great difficulty meeting people since I really don't get out. The relationships that I do make do not last long and I find my main peer group are older adults looking to mentor me. Anyway, this looks like a good forum and I look forward to both receiving and providing support. I find it easier to express myself through both writing and art so hopefully through this forum I can find the sense of community that I need.
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