According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Compulsive Hoarding is defined as “the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” For hoarders, the quantity of their collected items is what helps to characterize and distinguish them from other people.
Symptoms & Behavior
As stated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, some of the symptoms and behavior that someone who hoards may exhibit includes:
- Inability to throw away possessions
- Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
- Great difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
- Indecision about what to keep or where to put things
- Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
- Suspicion of other people touching items
- Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it in the future; checking the trash for accidentally discarded objects
- Functional impairments, including loss of living space, social isolation, family or marital discord, financial difficulties, health hazards
Hoarding isn’t something that can be fixed by simply “cleaning up the mess.” The clutter created by a “hoarder” is often the physical manifestation of a deeper, more serious issue, which often stems from psychological or emotional problems including:
- Anxiety disorders
- Learning disabilities
- And more
Often, well meaning loved ones will try to fix the problem by cleaning up the mess created by a hoarder, only to have it backfire and cause more damage to their loved one and their relationships. If you believe that you or a loved one in the Upstate NY and Capital Region area are suffering from a Hoarding Disorder, contact Organized by Sharon today.
With years of experience working with various hoarding clients throughout the Capital District, I am trained to work with hoarders and their loved ones. I utilize proven techniques that are tailored specifically to the client and their particular situation and offer non-judgmental, empathetic, and patient hoarding assistance and organization services to help make the process as stress free and go as smoothly as possible. As a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, I also hold a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization and have studied the effects of disorganization and hoarding.
Give me a call at 518-791-5560 to learn more about how I can assist you or a loved one with a hoarding disorder today.