Help for Hoarders
Hoarding is the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. People who hoard often don’t see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. The success rate of cleaning a home and keeping the home clean is increased when a person who hoards works together with a professional organizer and therapist. This is called “Collaborative Therapy” Change is usually very difficult for a hoarder and there is no quick fix. Our goal is to teach the person who hoards new ways of thinking & understand their compulsions, and make the home a livable and have a safe space again.
Effective May 2013 the DSM-V (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has added “hoarding disorder” as a diagnosis.
What does this mean to you? It could mean treatment for yourself or loved one may be easier to get. Check with your insurance company, those with mental health insurance who seek treatment for hoarding may be reimbursed.