While we all tend to hold on to old items of clothing, papers, and other things, some people take their collections of possessions to the extreme. Not only is “hoarding” a psychiatric disorder, but it is also linked with problems in relationships and/or the ability to function at work. Excessive acquisition of items and the inability to discard them can also lead to safety concerns such as home fires, unsanitary living conditions, and safety risks like tripping and falling. Faced with these concerns, hoarders and those living with them may want to try to rid their homes of clutter. Doing so may not only make their homes safer, but it may also help hoarders attain clarity of mind and greater focus.
The first step to addressing the physical clutter in our lives is to achieve a better understanding of the emotional clutter within ourselves. Our compassionate counselors can offer you guidance and a safe environment in which to explore the issues that are standing in the way of living a healthy and balanced life. Call one of our offices today for an appointment or take our on-line assessment found on this website.
P.S. Hoarding, which is commonly associated with anxiety and mood disorders, can be treated with “cognitive behavioral therapy” (CBT).