Do you know someone who has a tendency to collect knick knacks and hoard things that they don’t have any conceivable use for? Does it make their home difficult to navigate, or leave you wondering how they even use certain rooms? Compulsive hoarding is a more common problem than most people realize and can have a profound impact not only on the hoarder, but those who are part of their life. Here are some suggestions from your friends at Texas Hoarders on helping the hoarder in your life overcome their habit.
Understand the Condition
The first and most important thing you can do is educate yourself about compulsive hoarding. The condition is considered a part of the more widely known obsessive compulsive disorder. Many people underestimate the seriousness of hoarding because of how little they encounter it. It might just seem like a bad habit, but it’s often more severe than that. Being familiar with the condition and what it entails are important steps in helping a loved one overcome it.
Offer Emotional Support
Let your friend know that you’re there for them, that you care and understand the difficulty of what they’re going through. Easing someone’s stress or shame about a situation like hoarding will help them have more confidence in coping with it themselves, and someone actively and positively encouraging them to work through it can be a great motivator.
Offer Practical Support
A literal helping hand can come in many forms for a hoarder. You can help put them in contact with a professional that can give them the physiological tools to beat hoarding. You can physically help them through the process of cleaning up, and help find others who would be willing to provide the same physical and emotional support.
Overcoming hoarding is a process, and rarely is it a short one, but your team at Texas Hoarders is here to help you and anyone in your life dealing with a hoarding habit. If you have any questions about our services or our organization, don’t hesitate to visit us online or contact us.