What is Hoarding Disorder?
Hoarding is when the way a person acquires, collects and store things in a way that interferes with day to day life.
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We believe hoarding should be managed in a safe & sustainable way. It’s an approach that helps us work successfully with people suffering from hoarding disorderHoarding disorder is a term that refers to individuals that collect and acquire lots of items and find it exceedingly difficult to stop acquiring, to give away or throw out belongings regardless of their value or use. Most people will have personal items that they consider special and will want to save things because they could come in useful in the future.
The impacts of hoarding disorder
Hoarding can have an impact on all areas of an individual’s life and those close to them
Often those who hoard will have strong beliefs about needing to keep things and may be overly attached to their items, suggestions to give away or throw out items may cause severe anxiety and worry.
Depending on the severity of the situation Hoarding can impact the individual’s ability to move around their home, access areas and have people in their property. This can mean that relationships become challenging, they may be at an increased risk of isolation and feeling lonely, and difficulties in having repairs may mean that living conditions become untenable affecting their psychical health and quality of life.
Getting help for Hoarding
A person may or may not realise they have a hoarding condition
Things To Remember
How we can help
General symptoms, avoidance symptoms & hyper-arousal symptoms
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What To Do If you think you might have a Hoarding Disorder
Recognising that you have a problem and seeking help can be challenging, however it is the first step to improve your mental health and to start working on managing your condition. Safely exploring the causes of hoarding whilst setting achievable goals to improve your living environment is far more effective than simply being encouraged to tidy.
Often in these circumstances you may feel embarrassed or ashamed because of your condition. We believe in providing non judgemental support, working at your pace and through therapy address the underlying causes of hoarding. It may be that you have experienced loss, trauma or other difficult life events that have led to your current circumstances. Through building a collaborative relationship with your therapist they will help you to safely work through these issues.