I think this guy is correct--it is a syndrome and a lot of folks in Hideaway have it!!!
Professor: Homeowners Get Ill From HOAs
Homeowner Association Managers Dispute Unproven Syndrome
At a Friday evening forum at the College of Southern Nevada, psychology professor Gary Solomon said dealing with a homeowners association is enough to cause physical and emotional harm, including stress, anger, fear and paranoia.
Over the past two years, Solomon has been developing his theory positing that HOA syndrome is a real medical condition."Harass the neighbors enough, keep them in line and set them up with fine after fine after fine," Solomon said.Homeowner Robin Huhn said that based on her own experiences with associations, she believes the syndrome is real.After she had an addition done on her house, she said her association sued her instead of warning or fining her."They took me to court," she said. "It cost me over $20,000 to defend myself."Some homeowner association managers said the syndrome is not a legitimate condition."You tell me that anybody in this economy right now who's lost their job dealing with outside influences doesn't have a majority of those," said Lorrie Olson, an association manager.She said homeowners shouldn't complain because they knew what they were buying into."You know what the expectations are," she said.Solomon said there is still work to be done before a mental health professional can diagnose someone with the syndrome, but he said he hopes that one day it will give homeowners the ability to seek legal damages against their associations.