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For a friend of mine i'm looking for this:
do you know what it's called when you like small spaces or feel the need to be in small spaces? as in barracading yourself from other things, or putting things on your desk to make yourself not feel open. Or hide away in small spaces like a closet or behind a bed?
when i looked on my desk in maths today I found that i have my pencilcase, textbook and purse in suck a way that blocks me somewhat from everyone and i feel safe that way.
In my room i like to hide away in the closet and on my bed my pillows surround me. baricading myself from the rest of the room
and i'm on the bottom bunk of my bunk bed, so i like my bed because it's a little space.
If anyone knows, please tell me, added to other symptoms she's starting to think she's schizophrenic although i don't think this is a symptom of schzophrenia....
 

Terry

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sounds more like she's paranoid Mountain and feeling a need to protect herself from the outside world.
 

Scum

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or maybe that she has had issues growing up where she has not felt safe in exposed places, and so anything small and 'safe' makes her feel more secure, or more accurately her inner child more secure.

i used to know someone who slept in a cupboard by choice because it felt safe. When she was younger she had been abused and felt safer in smaller spaces, because she used to hide in them.

Just a thought.

Worth a trip to the docs though, because if it is schizophrenia, or anxiety or paranoia or anything else, then they can help with meds/therapy etc
 

Scum

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just to clarify, i am not saying for one minute she has been abused, clearly i dont know that, but it would be sensible for her to address the emotional issues that make her feel the need to find safety in enclosed areas.

Also, it could just be a throw back to the womb. babies need to be wrapped tightly to feel safe, so maybe it could be related to that, but whatever it is, it wouldnt hurt to address the issue, especially if it is causing her concern
 
#7
Yes, i see what you mean, but i doubt honestly its schizophrenia, it doesn't fit any of the symptoms. She's very paranoid and sixteen years old, her father is an alcoholic and things haven't been too great for her, thanks for the help guys.
 

Scum

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even if it is schizophrenia (which obivously i couldnt say either way not being a doc and not having any clue about her symptoms) self diagnosis is bad, so it's best to get her to the docs.

Sounds like she has had a rough ride so he could refer her on for therapy, which is probably a good thing for her, to help her deal with the shit thats been going on.
 
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even if it is schizophrenia (which obivously i couldnt say either way not being a doc and not having any clue about her symptoms) self diagnosis is bad, so it's best to get her to the docs.

Sounds like she has had a rough ride so he could refer her on for therapy, which is probably a good thing for her, to help her deal with the shit thats been going on.
Yea, i wish, but her parents are oblivious to her and thinks she makes everything up, from the sleepless nights to the hiding in the closet. :(
 

Scum

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Well, she is 16, right? So she is old enough to go to the docs by herself, or with a friend, ie without parental consent.

What country are you in?

She could also talk to a teacher at school and they can get her help via the school services too, if she wants it.
 
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