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Hoarding is an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder! Here are 3 ways to get rid of it!

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Afflicted by hoarding becomes a burden to family and work. Let us understand what hoarding is.

Some people define it as collecting an extraordinary amount of stuff that causes distress or problems in functioning. On the other hand, a person who hoards usually has a great passion for their collection and fears getting rid of them. They think they’ll be helpful when these items are needed someday.

Hoarding is an OCD for most people, as the OCD of cleaning. Although people are obsessed with order and cleanliness, some people are obsessed with things and hoard them for no specific reason.

Here are 3 proven ways to get rid of Hoarding Obsessions.

1. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the best solution for people who have compulsive hoarding syndrome. CBT works by first recognising how your behaviours are caused; then, you will change them into more positive ones. This therapy aims not to get rid of every item in your house but to keep what’s useful and vital for you to live a better life with fewer problems created by all the useless items around you.

2. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

This is one of the most successful ways to treat this problem. The hoarder will be helped to face things they are afraid of getting rid of and then learn how to live with them after treatment. For example, let your child touch the toys, papers or other items and make a decision on a specific day whether they should get rid of it or not. This process also helps minimise the fear of loss, and because no one touches their belongings, they feel that something terrible might happen if someone interacts with it.

3. Medication Antidepressants or Anti-anxiety medication

These two kinds of medication work by reducing obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours that would otherwise make it impossible for someone to stop engaging in compulsive behaviour.

Besides these therapeutic methods, one may alternatively try Yoga/exercise. The beginning stage of yoga can be helpful as a way to reduce stress levels caused by hoarding behaviour because of its calming effect. Also, when it is practised regularly, these activities have additional benefits, including improved moods and enhanced quality of life.

If you’re experiencing hoarding, it is time to take action. Whether your situation impacts a few items or most of the house, there are ways to get on top of this disorder without feeling like you have nowhere left to turn for help. We can store belongings while therapy treatment is being given, and our team will work with you through every step along the way! 

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