Tuesday night, The Boy returned. I'll call him "Nick" (not his real name). My plan is that he will leave later today. Nick is moderately more manageable and cooperative than on previous visits. We've talked in the last few days and he said he understands he can't stay here long term, but he needed a break from his other people and activities. Locally he's been active in the NYC OWS political protests and activities, notably the more fringe and social parts of the community. He said he's been either squatting with other homeless participants, or infrequently staying with someone until he's asked to leave. I believe his main reason for coming here is that he has a (relatively) clean and peaceful environment, shelter from the weather (it got cold and rained the day he showed up), I provide food and plumbing, and I provide clean clothes (I still have a lot of clothes leftover from nearly three years ago). Also he always makes a reference to being able to sleep on a surface other than concrete. (He sleeps on the floor, but it is padded with various blankets, old pillows, and related.)He said pointedly this time that being here, for him, is like a home. Sad, but true. I am much more harsh and direct with him in many ways, but counterbalancing it with the awareness of his emotional volatility and awareness. How much of his more congenial reception to my structure could be a matter of his more manipulative side, but it could also be an acknowledgement of how few his options are (he burns a lot of bridges).The last time he was here was in the beginning of December (or late November). Since then, he's hitchhiked or scammed his way around the country and back. He told me that in the intervening few months, he ended staying about a month at a psychiatric hospital. Nick enjoyed this stay and told me they diagnosed him with something (I suspect dominant feature, or dominant diagnosis) of schizoid paranoia. Googling online came up with related diagnoses including Schizotypal personality disorder (Nick was diagnosed with this several years ago, along with bipolar disorder), paranoia personality, and other. Lois Carmen D.
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