When clutter becomes too much and takes up areas of a person’s house such that they cannot use it in the manner it was intended it may be one of the external manifestations of what is known as Hoarding Disorder. Difficulty getting rid of items is the main reason this occurs- if things gradually, or not so gradually in some circumstances, come into a home without anything leaving then this can lead to too many things and not enough space to store them. Somewhere between 2-5% of the population have the issue which not only affects the person but often those around them. Serious health and safety issues can ensue such as if a fire breaks out in a hoarded house it can ignite faster (more fuel) as well as exit from the house being slowed down by blocked areas.
Those who do not experience difficulty with hoarding will say that what the person who hoards collects is rubbish or useless but to the person who hoards it has some value that others frequently don’t understand. They value these things for various reasons that fit into 3 main categories – aesthetic, sentimental and practical. For example, “this is too beautiful to throw away”, “I wore that when I did my first play”, “this could come in handy.”People who don’t hoard also think these things but they don’t invest as much value and meaning to as many things as those who hoard do. In addition, people with the problem getting rid of things will suffer anxiety to a greater degree when someone gets rid of their things without their permission or asks them to discard something.
Hoarding Disorder (HD) is complex and can have factors contributing to it’s development such as information processing (how people think), attention deficit hyperactivity and perfectionism. It is not classified as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as it once was, it now has it’s own category of diagnosis. A small percentage of those who hoard can also have this condition. Depression is more commonly seen with hoarding than OCD and can impact on HD and vice versa. In treating HD it is important to first obtain an assessment and Angela at Life Resolutions is a psychologist with specialised training and experience in the assessment and treatment of HD as well as personal experience.
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