I just learned of it not too long ago, and I am not sure if it is current at the moment, but I am definitely advocating for those who are COHs to participate so we can achieve several things:
- That the impact on hoarding on families and children... both adult children and children under the age of consent is acknowledged by professional communities and professionals such as therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, et al.
- That the stuff is but a symptom of the underlying issue(s). For many hoarders, their illness includes elements of addiction, the abuse of power and control, narcissism/other personality disorders, abuse- emotional, mental and sometimes... physical and sexual. (It appears that the DSM 5 and the work of Dr. Suzanne Chabaud and her team are making some headway here presently!)
- To better learn and identify short-term and long-term physical and psychological impact on COHs.
- To develop new treatment and intervention modalities that recognize the current treatments are not effective and often victimize the children yet another time.
- To assist communities in identifying and intervening in hoarding situations, especially when underage children are present.
Now... do I expect this to happen with participating in one lone survey? NO. But, for those of us who are far enough in our journey, who are healthy enough and supported enough by our friends and families of choice, to do this safely... being active is a way to help.
Will you join me?