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Hoarding

Dementia and Hoarding

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but as someone experienced with hoarding disorder, you know things aren’t that simple. Hoarding is compulsively collecting objects or animals without regard to beauty or any clear purpose. Hoarding is a disabling mental health condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, classified with autism spectrum disorder...

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How to Help a Hoarder Parent

Imagine newly hatched baby birds in the nest. The parents worked hard to prepare a safe space, then spent all their waking hours protecting, feeding, cleaning, and training their precious young. But how would it have been if the nestlings lived with a hoarder parent? This article is for you, whether you’re fourteen or forty, to explain how to deal with a hoarder parent.

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Is There a Connection Between ADHD and Hoarding?

When someone encounters a home where clutter has accumulated beyond what is reasonable, the immediate assumption is someone in the home has ADHD and or hoarding disorder. In more cases than not, that would be an appropriate assumption. That raises the question, “Are these two mental disorders one and the same?” The answer is yes...

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What is Obsessive compulsive disorder? Signs, symptoms and self-help tip

Many people ask what is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? This condition is an anxiety syndrome in which the victims have obsessions (recurring, unwanted ideas, sensations, or thoughts), which make them compulsive (driven to do something repetitively). Such repetitive behavior, which includes cleaning or checking on things, constant washing of hands, can considerably impede an individual’s...

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Why Do People Hoard? – Reasons of Hoarding

All About Hoarding Right now, there are more than 1.2 million compulsive hoarders in the U.S. alone. What is a “compulsive hoarder”? Medical dictionaries note that the condition affects anyone who exhibits an uncontrolled need to buy or somehow acquire large numbers of items for no clear, logical reason. To make matters worse, the conditions...

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Children of Hoarders

Who Hoards, and Why? This post is not to be confused with the fantastic and very helpful online website titled Children of Hoarders (COH), but rather my observations in dealing with actual children of hoarders. Not many people know what goes on behind the closed doors of hoarders. However, because of the work we do...

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