Did you grow up in a hoarded home? Are you struggling with the impact that had on you? Growing up with parents that hoard has many negative and long-lasting psychological effects. Dr. Suzanne Chabaud puts it best: “As the disorder intensifies, family members feel devalued, broken-hearted, angry, helpless, and exhausted. Psychological risks abound because life is defined by restricted space and the hoarding parent’s need to control the home. Children abandon their own needs for change or help and learn to accept the unacceptable. When nothing else works, children hide what is too painful to acknowledge. Helplessness and hopelessness replace celebrations of life’s journey.”
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