Think I am a compulsive hoarder. Anyone have this? How to deal w/ it?

Posted by Jude @jude, Aug 28, 2011

I believe I am a compulsive hoarder – am ashamed of the state of my home to the point where I won’t let anyone in. I have had a tendency to hoard all my life but it really escalated following the end of a very unhealthy relationship (which I ended, to my relief.) Anyone else have this and, if so, how do you deal with it? I want this craziness to stop.

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Hi, not really a hoarder, but seem to hang on to things I should get rid of….I watch the Hoarders on tv and I feel so sorry for them…..hope you’re not this bad….some of it to me from what I see is just being LAZY……when you don’t even throw your pizza boxes away and throw stuff in the floor and let 3 cats die in your house and they find them stiff as a board yrs. later….now that to me is just plain and simple lazy…..

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Hi, Jude. I have the same issues that you do. I didn’t know I was a hoarder until I watched the show. I thought I was just lazy, but that’s not the case. I’m going to see a doctor who works with ocd and I’m hoping to get some help thru him. I have an appointment Friday & I’ll let you know if he can help me. Good luck and I totally get where you’re coming from.

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It is excellent that you are wanting to get a handle on this. I am also a hoarder, probably have been all my life but thought it was just laziness. Many will tell you that the only therapy that works is CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy. A therapist should be able to help you deal with this. You may want to get either an organizer or a trusted, nonjudgemental friend to help with clean out. It is very hard but you have the ability to do it. You deserve to have a wonderful home to live in! Your happiness and peace of mind are much more important than your stuff. M.

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