Children of Hoarders: Silently Screaming No More
Hoarding has become quite the topic of conversations in the past few years. Hoarders have been featured on shows like Oprah and various documentaries (like the fascinating “Life of Grime”) and now there are several television series devoted to the topic. The most popular are TLC’s “Hoarders: Buried Alive” and A&E’s “Hoarders”. These shows are immensely popular (I’m an admitted devotee), evidenced by “Likes” on Facebook and soaring ratings and chat room numbers.
A common lament about compulsive hoarders (people who cannot throw anything away — even garbage — and live in deplorable and sometimes deadly conditions) are their children. Seen on camera as loving their parents but hating what they have become, they live in squalor. And when hoarders are asked about their childhoods, they will often say they grew up with hoarding parents.
Hoarding: A love story (between two COH)
The Hidden Lives of COH
By Suzanne A. Chabaud, PhD
Kids of hoarding parents want to break free of clutter, emotional chaos
By Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Deseret News
There’s nothing unusual about a mother or father who collects stamps, baseball cards or porcelain dolls. But when hobbyists become hoarders, their children often end up with life-long emotional effects.
A recent New York Times article points out that even though the compulsive collecting, shopping and storing is much more well known now because of reality shows like, TLC’s”Hoarding: Buried Alive,” and A&E’s “Hoarders,” “scant attention has been paid to how hoarding affects families of the afflicted, especially their children. Most are…
Children of Hoarders on Leaving the Cluttered Nest
New York Times
- Q & A with Dr. Randy Frost, the author of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” and Jessie Sholl, the author of “Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding
Article: “Combing Through The Wreckage”
Sorting through the possessions of a deceased loved one is often an act of discovery. Julia Klein, as she relates in today’s feature, found her mother’s birth certificate while organizing and cleaning the things her mother left behind. Turns out her mom was two years older than anyone–her husband included—had suspected.
But what if your loved one was a hoarder, or as the DSM refers to the illness, suffers from a particular type of obsessive compulsive personality disorder. What if the mass of belongings left behind is a testament to a psychological illness, the extent of which was previously unknown. As Newsweek puts it, what if you are the beneficiary of an “unwanted inheritance?”
An Unwanted Inheritance
For children of hoarders, the mess remains after their parents pass away. By Hannah R. Buchdahl
The Psychological Effects of Hoarding on the Victim and Their Loved Ones
Hoarding and the Problem with Pack Rats: A Follow Up
Nafeesah R. Abdullah, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Family Burden of Compulsive Hoarding: Results of an Internet Study
David F.Tolin, Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee, Kristin E. Fitch
The study of being an adult daughter of a hoarding mother: A qualitative description, by Hope P. James. (daughter of a hoarder/mother)
How Compulsive Hoarding Affects Families
Children of Alcoholics: Caged, Silenced Songbirds
Article from Science Daily from back in 2006, which has a lot in common with COH
Author: Rama Rao, MD
Community Psychiatry for Adults and Children
Medically Reviewed On: October 02, 2010
Essay: Stuff, by Tyler C. Gore (son with a hoarding father)