Archive for Compulsive Hoarding
The hoarder will respond to the threat of eviction, but de-cluttering the home does not change the hoarding behavior.
Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome is often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is a complex disorder, however – many hoarders suffer from other comorbid problems such as chronic depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), dementia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia, or schizophrenia/paranoia.¹‚ ² Hoarding is neither simple, nor benign. As we talked about in an earlier [...]
Side effects of visual impairment can include hoarding or extreme clutter. When seniors can’t see what they are throwing out, they may be less inclined to do so.
Before you can tackle the hoarding issue, you do need to know what you’re dealing with. The causes of compulsive hoarding can be psychological or neurological. You really need a physician such as a neurologist or a mental health professional to diagnose your mom. An expert can also give you practical advice on how to keep a compulsive hoarding mother safe.
Our first encounter with the compulsive hoarding syndrome was in 1998 with a widow whose apartment management had notified residents that new windows were to be installed. Residents had to remove all furniture and other objects three feet from windows in front and two feet on either side. When we arrived, we found an apartment so filled with hoarding clutter it was nearly impossible to enter or get around.
How do we know if mom and dad need help and caregiving? What questions can a person ask to help answer this big question? Image by servus via Flickr We began talking with her a year ago. She was 86, spry, mentally sharp, unsteady on her feet, used a walker, and had fallen “maybe a [...]