A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value.

Hoarding is considered a significant problem if:

  • the amount of clutter interferes with everyday living – for example, the person is unable to use their kitchen or bathroom and cannot access rooms
  • the clutter is causing significant distress or negatively affecting the quality of life of the person or their family – for example, they become upset if someone tries to clear the clutter and their relationship suffers

Mental health problems associated with hoarding include:

  • severe depression
  • psychotic disorders, such as Schizoprenia
  • OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Someone who has a hoarding disorder may typically display the following:

  • keep or collect items that may have little or no monetary value
  • find it hard to categorise/organise items
  • have difficulties making decisions
  • struggle to manage everyday tasks
  • become extremely attached to items
  • have poor relationships with family or friends

If you are experiencing these issues, at Castle Counselling Services we can offer you a safe and secure space in which to explore them, and to find a way of moving forward. We can offer CBT methods of change which will assist you in understanding what makes it difficult to throw things away and the reasons why the clutter has built up.

Who can help you?

Counselling services in the North Coast Causeway area of Northern Ireland, we can offer you an initial telephone consultation for 15/20 minutes free of charge for you to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling.