Hoarding Help and advice
DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ALONE.
In the U.S.A. it is estimated that there are well over 3 million hoarders and the numbers are growing. It’s also very common in Australia, where there is well over 400,000 hoarders.
Hoarding is common place so there’s no need for anyone involved to feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty! Hoarding is a condition that can be treated.
There are many reasons why hoarding starts some psychologically initiated and some simply because it is just too hard to get rid of rubbish. Sometimes it is the elderly who are holding onto their memories, or its people that lack the physical ability to remove items from their property. The accessibility of the property can be a factor too – very long steep driveway, too many stairs, rural location.
Understand that your loved one, most likely, knows it is wrong, wants to stop, but are unable to control it. When you confront them, they may become defensive, and deny they have a problem.
This is just human nature. When we are confronted with something that we already feel guilty about, the easiest way out of it, is to defend yourself, or avoid talking about it altogether. You should realize that there is sometimes an underlying psychological disorder that accompany hoarding. For example, a tragedy or lifetime event can often be a catalyst.
What Causes Hoarding
- Trauma (death, divorce, abuse, loss of some kind)
- Grew up in a hoarding home
- Fear of becoming poor (Common in those that grew up in the depression era)
- Items hold memories
- Items are still useful to someone
- Plus many more reasons we hear often.
It’s very difficult to force someone to clean their home, unless they face eviction, or are given an order by their local council to clean it up. Cleanups work best when the person agrees that the situation has to change. To truly stop someone from hoarding is a long process. Counselling, a clean up of their home, and good follow up care are great ideas. Just remember not to judge but to be open minded about things.
Hoarding Help Online
Over the year there have been some useful TV shows that illustrate the problems of hoarding and how to deal with the disorder.
Clean House is a home makeover and interior design television show on the Style Network which routinely confronts hoarders
Help! I’m a Hoarder
Hoarders is an American documentary series about compulsive hoarders that airs on A&E.
Hoarders Australia on SBS
Below are a selection of websites that provide useful information about hoarding
How we can Help
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