Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.
Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions because they can't care for them properly.
Hoarding can take the form of disorganized chaos when things become too difficult to manage, or can look like highly organized collections of particular objects. Here are some questions to consider: How has the accumulation of these items effected your quality of life? Does it interfere with family gatherings? Keep you from having visitors? Cause you to feel overwhelmed at times? Is there a room in your house that has been taken over or no longer serves its intended purpose? Does the idea of parting with your possessions give you feelings of stress or anxiety?
Hoarding ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, hoarding may not have much impact on your life, while in other cases it seriously affects your functioning on a daily basis.
People with hoarding disorder often don't see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people with hoarding disorder understand their compulsions and live safer, more enjoyable lives.
To Have and to Hold
Due to the nature of hoarding it is best treated on site in the home. I offer compassionate and collaborative treatment that works with you and your family for a supportive transition to a healthier more balanced life style. Call or email to find out more information.