HOARDING & TRAUMA
DAY FOUR SEMINAR RECAP
Kayley Hyman, from Holistic Hoarding, looks at how understanding trauma is key to supporting those with Hoarding Disorder/Behaviour.
The link between trauma and hoarding behaviours
- Bereavement – Bereavement is one of the most significant traumas that humankind can experience, Hoarding can come as an entirely natural response to this. Items can offer a safety net to protect individuals against what they have/will go through.
- Hoarding as a form of control – Controlling behaviour is fear based, usually triggered by an event that makes individuals feel unsafe. Control is then used in an attempt to avoid the painful past, seen in those with Hoarding Disorder / Behaviour by the control they keep over their hoard/belongings.
- Hoarding is an addictive behaviour – Addiction is common in so many areas of life, alcohol, drugs, food and this is exactly the same manifestation for those who hoard. To break the hoarding cycle would be equally as challenging as quitting smoking.
Hoarding & Continued Trauma
Hoarding & Housing
As discussed above, trauma can be what manifests into hoarding and the trauma unfortunately does not stop there. A lot of individuals then face the threat of losing their home due to their hoard.
Hoarding & Suicide
Having touched upon some areas that cause/spike trauma within individuals who have hoarding disorder/behaviour, understanding the affects this then has and how it can be combatted is a vital part of supporting clients through their hoarding journey.
Hoarding Disorder has a lifetime suicide attempt rate of 24.1%
When comparing side by side, the risk factor list for hoarding disorder and the list for suicide, they match up nearly identically. When looking at the impact of the trauma linked to hoarding, limited access to appropriate support and then the misunderstanding of others around, it unfortunately is clear why.
Creating compassionate dialogues with people who’ve experienced trauma
Treating the client separately to their hoard is key.
They are not the items they collect, they are the human who has gone through a traumatic life event, resulting in finding comfort in a manner which worked for them.
“We need to hear the positives about this behaviour and acknowledge with the person that this behaviour is bringing them something that is missing in their life – safety… protection… enjoyment… companionship.
We need to reiterate to them, time and time again, that they are deserving of all of these things.”
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