Here are a few terms you might run into in my blog or other hoarding-related sites/blogs that you may not know. I’m still somewhat new to this myself, so I’m sure I don’t have everything here yet. I’ll add things as necessary.

CHD–Compulsive Hoarding Disorder, also called Compulsive Hoarding or Hoarding Disorder; a term I have decided (in this post) to start using rather than “hoarder,” because I do not wish to see my parents as defined by the conditions they have. If you aren’t certain what Compulsive Hoarding Disorder is, you can read more about it here. (Note: that website is British and some expressions used may be slightly different than what be used in the United States. I’ve found this a lot while researching about CHD, though, because it seems the UK is better at addressing it as an actual condition, rather than just poor decision-making as it often seems to be treated as in the US.)

COH–Child of a Hoarder or Child of Hoarders

Dysthymic Disorder or Dysthymia–a form of depression; read more here

HP–hoarding parent; I don’t tend to use this abbreviation much, but have seen it frequently elsewhere and may link to something including it

OCD–Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Many people seem to think OCD is about cleaning or about numbers. They also seem to use the term to address any anal-retentive action anyone does. This is a really great way to irritate me. In fact, the obsessions are generally obsessive fears or recurring unpleasant thoughts that the person who has OCD cannot help, NOT the actions that the person does. The compulsive actions are done as a result of these obsessive thoughts, either through a sense that by controlling this compulsive action, the unpleasant obsessive thought will be kept at bay or (in the case of a recurring fear) will not happen. I have been diagnosed with OCD, but this disorder does not mean I clean, either obsessively or compulsively. Cleaning is actually something I struggle with a lot. Thankfully, my OCD is mostly under control and rarely affects me in day-to-day life. Read more about OCD here.

PTSD–Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; read more here

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