What is Hoarding?

Hoarding is a condition where individuals struggle to discard or part with items, resulting in excessive accumulation of possessions. Hoarding can lead to cluttered living spaces, difficulty moving around the home, and when it is severe, it may even pose a health and safety risk. Those who hoard can feel distressed and ashamed about their situation, which can be detrimental to their daily lives and relationships. 

Hoarding can involve various types of items, whether that be newspapers, clothing or food – anything can be hoarded. Some people who suffer with hoarding may also struggle organising their possessions, and experience strong emotional attachments to their things.

Do I have a hoarding disorder?

You may suffer from a hoarding disorder if some of the below resonate with you:

Symptoms of Hoarding Disorder:

Behavioural Signs of Hoarding:
  • A difficulty discarding or parting many of your belongings, regardless of their actual value
  • Cluttered and cramped living space, and in severe cases, to the point where they can’t be used for their intended purpose
  • Acquiring an excessive number of items that are not needed or used
  • Avoiding inviting others into your home due to clutter
  • Struggling to keep up with basic household tasks like cleaning and cooking
Cognitive symptoms include:
  • Anxiety or indecisiveness when trying to discard items
  • Attachment to possessions with no practical value
  • Inability to prioritize tasks and a poor attention to detail
Your home might have:
  • Dust and mould
  • Blocked exits, pathways and you might struggle to get into some rooms

Online therapy and treatment for hoarding:

Hoarding disorder can be a challenging condition to live with, and seeking therapy is a great step on your road to overcoming it.

At Counselling Psychology Online, our experienced therapists, counsellors and psychologists offer online therapy for hoarding. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to arrange an initial assessment session or learn more about our therapy services.

You may also wish to look at our resources page for further ideas of getting help to manage your hoarding.