You’ve heard of the term “hoarder” from reality television shows or talk shows. The most iconic hoarders were Collyer brothers living in New York, Homer and Langley were both dead eventually surrounded by more than 140 tons of items they collected in Harlem Brownstone for a few decades. You do not become a hoard because you like collecting or have a lot of things.
Here are some warning signs:
- The size of the mess is so extreme that your living space compromises sharply. You cannot use your living space in the intended or desired way.
- Your confusion causes you significant stress and sadness, it strangles you and affects your relationships.
- Your confusion makes it difficult for you to direct your living space.
- The degree of confusion affects your health and well-being.
- A lot of other people were told that you could get professional help and they were not kidding.
If several of these criteria define you, you may want to seek additional help. Professional groups and organizations can provide assistantship and guidance. Therapists who have some specialization in stacking, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions, phobias, etc. are also a good source of help.