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Hoarding Treatment

Hoarding Treatment

Hoarding Help and Information for the Hoarding Syndrome Disorder

Many will argue and dispute different forms of hoarding treatment and therapy regarding the hoarding condition.  Because hoarding is now a recognized mental health condition (according to the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V – published in May 2013), many mental health professionals are eager to find the best course of action to resolving hoarding tendencies in others.  While a variety of methods may be instituted to combat the condition, hoarding cleaning specialists offer alternative methods for hoarding treatment which do not suggest or endorse any medicinal or therapeutic practice.

Awareness of the Hoarding Condition

The first step in hoarding treatment that does not involve prescribed medication or therapy is creating cognitive awareness of the hoarding condition and the dangers it causes to those who struggle with it.

Hoarders are often unaware that their environment is causing harm to them or to others.  By providing a hoarder with insight into the condition itself, as well as the hazards and dangers that are created with every type of hoarding, those who struggle with the condition will be able to process and understand why this behavior is detrimental to the welfare of their family and their property.

Tools like the Hoarding Do’s and Don’ts provide keen insight on the condition and allows all parties involved to view the condition from different perspectives.

Developing Advanced Coping Tactics

Most hoarding situations stem from a traumatic event that occurred in the life of a hoarder that drove them to creating an environment overwhelmed by control and fear of loss.  Every traumatic event in a person’s life is handled uniquely by the individual that has experienced it.  An event that is seemingly overcome with ease by one person may be almost impossible for another.

Because of this, hoarders tend to avoid situations that stimulate senses of anxiety and angst.  This practice of avoidance gives the hoarder license to dodge responsibilities like key decision making, owning up to mistakes, and interacting with others who they feel may judge them poorly.

By helping hoarders to develop new coping tactics, helpers will give them the power to confront these anxieties with new-found confidence and power.  Most situations can be resolved better and faster by addressing the original trauma that caused the condition to spiral out of control in the first place.  By getting to the root of the issue, hoarders can then feel a sense of accomplishment after coping with a particular event and feel confident in their efforts to overcome all others.

Behavioral and Cognitive Restructuring and Treatments

Hoarders TreatmentOnce a hoarder has become aware of the condition, understands its downfalls, and learns how to cope with the anxieties that come along with it, behavioral and cognitive restructuring is key to helping them understand about hoarding dangerous quantities of items and why it is detrimental to their health and well-being.

By stressing the dangers of hoarding things like rotted food, biohazard materials (i.e. feces, urine, bodily fluids), animals, and rodent hoarders are more likely to understand the immediate dangers facing their health and their family’s health. 

Urging hoarders to take a closer look at hoarding large quantities of items in general is the next step to restructuring the hoarding behavior.  Creating a sense of urgency around piles and mounds of clutter that create fire hazards and that could collapse will help a hoarder see that illness is not the only danger in a hoarder home.  Piles of clothing, toys, collectibles, boxes, papers, and other clutter can trap a hoarder.  These traps can create injuries or even death.  Hoarding and clutter clean up specialists have seen a rise in the cases involving hoarders who have been found deceased while trapped beneath collapsed piles of clutter.

While many types of hoarding treatment can be found, starting with these less invasive treatments may prove to be more beneficial in the battle to end the hoarding condition in the life of a friend or loved one.