Hoarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Hoarders and OCD
Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are very closely related to one another. Many of the causes and symptoms are similar, which is why hoarding used to be considered only a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Recently, however, brain scans have proven that Hoarding is its own condition, separate from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Even still, 1 in every 5 sufferers of OCD are likely to be hoarders as well.
Hoarders suffer from extreme anxiety whenever faced with the thought of having to discard or throw something away. This anxiety, in turn, can cause many hoarders to feel a strong impulse to compulsively collect things. Some people who struggle with hoarding are also perfectionists, who are so afraid of making the wrong decision that they are terrified to get rid of something out of fear of needing it in the future. This anxiety and incessant perfectionism used to be the main reason why hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder were considered one in the same.
7 Step Process
Our 7 Step Cleaning Process enable us to provide a well rounded, comprehensive solution for every occasion. No matter what your needs may be, our team of trained experts can meet them.
Step 1. Clutter clean up
Step 2. Rubbish removal
Step 3. Home organization
Step 4. Extermination, treatment
Step 5. Paint, repair, handy man services
Step 6. Restoration and construction
Step 7. Heavy duty cleaning services
The Hoarders911 team always operates with discretion, arriving in unmarked vehicles, to protect our clients privacy. We do all of the rubbish removal in one shot, so as not to attract any unnecessary attention.
About Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
At first glance, the strong urge to collect that hoarders struggle with can cause hoarding to seem a lot like OCD. However, the two conditions are characterized by a distinct set of symptoms. The common thread between hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the overwhelming impulses that sufferers experience. The obsessive compulsions of both OCD sufferers and hoarders can completely take over their lives, interfering with even the simplest of tasks.
While hoarding is a stand alone mental condition, a large percentage of OCD sufferers will also become hoarders due to the strong, uncontrollable impulses that they experience. If the compulsions of an OCD sufferer cause that person to cling to personal items, or become so debilitating that they can no longer care for themselves or their homes, they have begun to cross over into hoarding territory.
How to Help:
While there is no one-size-fits all way to help someone with hoarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it is always recommended to seek professional help. Professional help can be found via a clinical psychologist, a professional hoarding cleanup company, or a combination of the two.
Hoarders911 strives to offer the best of both worlds, providing the compassion and understanding of a mental health professional with each and every hoarding cleanup service. We give our clients a judgement-free environment so that they can work on overcoming their hoarding disorder, while transforming their homes and reclaiming their lives.