Waunakee Library Hand Out
An Introduction to Hoarding Disorder
Stay positive. Be patient. Practice empathy and compassion.
DO NOT JUDGE. A person who hoards often experiences a lot of shame.
Possible factors in development of Hoarding Disorder: Scarcity, OCD/anxiety, depression, ADHD/Adult ADHD, grief/loss, autism, traumatic brain injury.
Hoarding Disorder can be progressive with age.
Objects are important to client so treat items with respect.
Reasons to keep objects: Utilitarian, sentimental, beauty, scarcity.
Check in on your neighbors, coworkers, friends, family members.
Remember that if it was just about the stuff, all clean outs would have successful outcomes.
“Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things” by Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” Marie Kondo
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