What is Hoarding Disorder?
Hoarding Disorder, according to the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation),
“ is a mental health disorder where people have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful.
While most people go through periods during which they have trouble getting rid of things — for example, after the death of a loved one or when moving out of a childhood home — HD sufferers have difficulty parting with possessions all the time. Attempting to get rid of their things causes HD sufferers to feel significant distress, including when concerned loved ones try to get rid of possessions on their behalf.”
Organizing Should Proceed With Caution
It is very important that the person with the Hoarding Disorder be supported by a mental health professional. Organizational efforts will proceed much better if a team approach is taken.
You can inadvertently slow down progress, or worse, cause the person with hoarding disorder intense distress to the point of requiring hospitalization if you attempt to throw things away without the proper attention to the special needs of this population.
Finding a Therapist for Hoarding Disorder
The International OCD Foundation has information about hoarding and a searchable database of therapists and treatment programs.
You can also search for therapists who treat hoarding disorder at the Psychology Today website.
Organizers Specializing in Hoarding Disorder
The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) trains organizers and related professionals about chronic disorganization. There is a searchable database to find an organizer who specializes in chronic disorganization near you.
The National Association of Organizing and Productivity Professionals (NAPO) has a searchable database for organizers and you can specify to search for someone who has experience with hoarding disorder.
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