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Hoarding

Due to the recent media coverage hoarding has become a very well-known word. It is and has always been a problem for a lot of people and is just one example of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Counselling4you has worked with OCD and hoarding for a long time and is familiar with the processes required to help people with this problem.

Do you find yourself unable to throw things away?  Perhaps you remember a time when you did not have much, and it is tempting to keep things 'just in case' or for sentimental reasons, or just because 'it cost me a lot of money to buy that!'

Keeping things until you need them and a 'make do and mend' mentality can save you money. But if it means that you have a home absolutely crammed full of random items that you have to somehow store without tripping over them, and it is getting increasingly hard to keep your possessions clean and organised, perhaps it's time to consider why you are hanging onto it all and start to let go.

Sometimes hoarding is a symptom of a deeper problem such as OCD. This may be at the root of your collecting, or the effect of a crisis or personal loss.  You may be keeping too many things that are of no intrinsic use to you but because they remind you of loved ones you are unable to let them go.

People hoard many different things for different reasons, food, clothes, shoes, newspapers, junk, even pets (often cats or dogs).  If your neighbours are complaining about 'rubbish' or smells on your property to the local Council, or you have too much of anything to really enjoy using any of it, or it is holding you back from real life, with piles of stuff blocking your halls and doorways, becoming a real fire or health hazard, it is time to think about talking to someone, so please contact Counselling4you for some assistance.