Friday, October 31, 2008

compulsive hoarding...a disease that can be cured

Are you a compulsive hoarder? Maybe you have a loved one who is suffering with this disease. Either way, hoarding is a serious problem that can quickly spiral out of control if it is not dealt with.

Hoarding is defined as: Excessive collection and retention of items to the point it interferes with daily functioning (home, health, family, work, social life, etc.)

Compulsive hoarders usually have taken their internal emotional clutter and have given it an external manifestation. The reason they surround themselves with things is to try to fill a void. They may also seek to surround themselves with a bubble of security and comfort. Clutter and disorganization cause stress not only for the cluttered person, but family, friends, and co-workers as well.

There is no need to be embarrassed. Hoarding is typically a life-long psychological problem that can’t be solved overnight. The best advice anyone can give someone suffering from compulsive hoarding is: SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP!

Contact me and I can meet with your or your loved one and I can also recommend specialists who can be of further assistance.

You can find additional information and resources on compulsive hoarding (and related material on OCD and OCPD) and treatment at various websites. I've included links to them below.

Dr. Tolin Free Materials on Hoarding

Information on understanding OCD and Hoarding

Link to Institute of Living
Link to Obsessive Compulsive Foundation



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