What’s in the Head of the North Pond Hermit?

Catherine Pegram

Updated 2 years ago

As we learn more about the North Pond Hermit, 47-year-old Christopher Knight, and how he survived in isolation for nearly three decades, the case also raises a lot of questions about what was going through his head. Local psychologist Dr. David Prescott says Knight could be wrestling with a severe social anxiety disorder or even a personality disorder that can lead to schizophrenia. Both of those can prompt people to withdraw from society. Even though isolation can be used as forms of punishment or torture, people with those types of mental health issues find comfort in confinement.”One of the ironies of this case is that I can’t help but wonder if this person, sadly, is getting exactly what they don’t want. Which is I’m sure a lot of attention from other people, being forced to be around other people and being forced to answer a lot of questions. My guess is that is something that is very uncomfortable. “Prescott says life for Knight right now is probably overwhelming and disorienting and it will probably take Knight a long time to figure out how to be around people again. But Prescott adds that Knight’s story is also about strength and the fact that he could survive in the woods for 27 years is truly remarkable.


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