Help For Hoarders

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Overview

This website provides information, support and advice and creates awareness about this secretive condition, for hoarders and their loved ones.  It also has information about local support groups.  The purpose of the website is not to judge or cure, but that with the tools available here, hoarding will become better understood by both sufferers and the people around them, as well as medical professionals and the general public.

There is a section on the website about Resources. Also, there are boards where you can post a message to create an online community of hope and understanding.

In 2013 Hoarding Disorder was officially recognised in the DSM-V (the fifth edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The NHS has published a page on Hoarding, click here for more details.  In June 2018 the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised hoarding as a medical condition.

Your GP is your first point of contact. Take a trusted friend with you to help explain the situation, you could even take photographs or ask for a home visit.  Your doctor may also be able to refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist and connect you with any support projects, enabling teams or charitable organisations for hoarders in your area.

Some people find that prescribed medication can help to reduce the need to acquire, as well as the anxiety, felt when discarding possessions. Speak to your doctor or psychiatrist.

Ask your GP for contact details of local Psychiatrists and Psychologists who specialise in hoarding.  You can get reduced-priced therapies with no waiting lists by joining www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help and they also have a helpline open Mon – Fri 9.30 – 17.30 Tel: 03444 775 774

You may also qualify for “Direct Payments” through the NHS, to pay someone to assist you. More information here.

St George’s Hospital (SW London) can provide home-based treatments for hoarders with OCD, and assessment of people without an OCD diagnosis. Click for more info or contact Dr Lynne Drummond at ocdbdd@swlstg-tr.nhs.uk or Tel: 020 3513 6961.

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