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Forum: Hoarding an official disorder

Updated: June 21, 2013 6:33AM



On Wednesday, after 13 years of revisions, the new DSM-5 will add “hoarding” as an official psychiatric disorder. The addition to “psychiatry’s Bible” will likely lead to increased treatment options for hoarders beause insurance companies often grant coverage based off DSM “codes.”

As the 31-year-old daughter of a hoarder, it has taken me 19 years —­ more than 1,600 hours — of quality psychoanalysis to recover from my childhood experiences. The homes that we see on shows such as A&E’s “Hoarders” and TLC’s “Buried Alive” should not be viewed as “entertainment.” They are crime scenes when children are involved.

No one knows for sure how many children of hoarders there are, but studies consistently show that as many as 15 million Americans compulsively hoard. Who’s speaking up for their children, the many millions who remain voiceless and silent out of shame?

Tricia Parker,

Advocate for Children of Hoarders

Chicago



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