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Consequences and Treatments

1 in 20 Americans are severe hoarders! This means that functional space in their homes is very limited. Many cannot use their kitchens to cook, their bathrooms to bathe and their bedrooms to sleep. More men than women experience this disorder.

Treatment Interventions for Hoarding

Therapeutic interventions that are successful in the treatment of hoarding behaviors include community based and collaborative approaches. Many times individuals are brought to the attention of authorities after decades of hoarding behaviors due to becoming a risk to themselves or their home environment becoming uninhabitable. Understanding the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings of these individuals is critical to the treatment of these behaviors. We will discuss myths and beliefs surrounding hoarding and how this information can be applied to treatment and supporting these individuals to organize their life again. More than 90% of individuals who meet the diagnostic criterion for hoarding also have a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, which is important to identify and treat. Training attendees will learn how to provide treatment to those who actively hoard as well as preventative and early interventions methods.

Resources

People dealing with hoarding disorder may have mental health symptoms that contribute to their behavior. Community mental health centers can treat these mental health symptoms. If you are working with a hoarder it is important to remember through purging, they experience grief and loss. Those issues can also be treated through mental health centers.

Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network
Phone: 303-730-8858
Website: www.admhn.org
Serves Arapahoe & Douglas counties
Locations listed on website

AspenPointe
Phone: 719-572-6100
Website: www.AspenPointe.org
Serves El Paso, Park and Teller counties
Locations listed on website

Aurora Mental Health Center
Phone: 303-617-2373
Website: www.aumhc.org
Serves City of Aurora and parts of Arapahoe County
Locations listed on website

North Range Behavioral Health
Phone: 970-347-2120
Website: www.northrangebehavioralhealth.org
Serves Weld County
Locations listed on website

Touchstone Health Partners
Phone: 970-494-4200
Website: www.touchstonehealthpartners.org
Serves Larimer County
Locations listed on website

Solvista Health (formerly West Central Mental Health)
Phone: 719-275-2351
Website: www.solvistahealth.org
Serves Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Lake counties
Locations listed on website

Children of Hoarders. An organization raising awareness of the impact of hoarding on children, families and communities. CoH provides educational materials and programs, increases access to practical support, advocates for public policies that effectively address the needs of children of hoarders, and builds reciprocal relationships with clinicians and key professionals. www.childrenofhoarders.com

American Psychiatric Association. Provides hording disorder definitions, consequences, diagnosing causes, risk factors and treatment. Resources and Hoarding Assessment Scales. www.psychiatry.org

Hoarding Disorder is a Common Problem

It can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex, economic status or whether a person lives with others in the same house. The disorder ranges from mild to severe and affects emotions, personality, thoughts and behaviors. It may start when a person is young and generally tends to worsen with age.

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Treatment for Hoarding Disorder

Just cleaning out the clutter doesn’t address the underlying problems. Despite the ongoing debate regarding the causes of hoarding, there is no question that therapy is necessary. Treatment begins with the person acknowledging and understanding compulsions that fuel hoarding disorder.

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