Changes in the definition of Hoarding
In May 2013 there was a massive recognition and change in the perception of hoarding. The DSMV is an American publication in which all recognised mental and physical illnesses are listed and the latest version was publicised this May. Until recently you could only be diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder if you had symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - but therapists and professionals found that hoarding did not respond to treatments for OCD (like certain forms of medication).
Dr David Tolin - amongst lots of other professionals did pioneering work in this field and now Hoarding Disorder is recognised as an illness in its own right. We have a similar book in the UK - its called the ICD and in the next version, due for publication in 2015, it will name 'Hoarding Disorder' as a discrete illness in its own right.
What will this mean?
Hopefully more research, both by psychologists, specialist and drug companies into treatment and therapies.
People will have a 'diagnosis' - they might find this label helpful - or unhelpful.
It will also mean that hoarders have additional protection from the Equality Act and that hoarding will no longer be seen simply as a 'lifestyle choice'.
Lastly it may mean that funders, the government and health services may make funding availiable for people to access treatment and support options. We hope so anyway!
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