An individual with hoarding disorder doesn’t just have a shopping problem, they experience severe anxiety at the thought of getting rid of any of their possessions. Excessive amounts of items, no matter what the monetary value, is accumulated over time. Tabletops, kitchen counters, floors, bathrooms, closets, and most surfaces are just piled with random items. If the hoarder runs out of space for their items in their home, they may fill up their cars, backyard and even pay for storage units. Some cases of hoarding can be severe and others mild. It becomes a problem when hoarding has an impact on your life and affects your functioning and health.
People who hoard often experience positive feelings when obtaining items. They may grow distressed if they are unable to gather more objects. They can also become upset when thinking about the items’ disposal. Even when they wish to stop, they may feel compelled to continue hoarding objects.
Hoarding behaviors typically persist unless they are treated. A mental health professional can help an individual who feels ready to de-clutter.
Therapists at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl work to address the problem by earning the trust of the patient, and then slowly working to make them realize how hoarding is harmful.