This July 14, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article talks about Hoarding and what is being done in Allegheny County to try to help those with this disorder. The article points out that they don’t believe that the number of cases involving hoarding is increasing, but rather that there is an increased awareness and attention being made into the disorder that poses health and safety risks not only to the person with the hoarding disorder, but also to anyone who may need to enter the home in the event of an emergency like a fire or medical emergency. The article also points out that hoarding is an illness it is not that the people with this condition are lazy, they have an illness. This, in my mind suggests that the people with a hoarding disorder, should be treated with respect and dignity just like anyone with any other type of illness would expect to be treated, no matter how difficult it is to not treat them with disgust, they are people first and that is where the focus needs to be …. on the person. I feel that if you treat the person, then the other stuff will fall into place over time, but if you jump in and start treating symptoms first and not treating the person, it becomes a cycle where the person is less receptive to help and feels like their world is out of control.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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