What Is Hoarding?

Many have watched the reality shows about hoarding...it can be hard to watch. Compulsive hoarding is a real issue that many struggle with. Neziroglu, Bubrick, and Yaryura-Tobias have written a book called "Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding" that we will be referencing all week as we help our readers understand this issue.

They define hoarding as "acquiring and saving items that have little or no value and then having tremendous difficulty discarding them."

The following are a list of symptoms identified in the books of those struggling with compulsive hoarding:

  • Avoid throwing things away
  • Have severe anxiety when throwing things away
  • Have trouble making decisions about their stuff
  • May feel overwhelmed or embarrassed by their things
  • May feel suspicious of others touching items
  • Has obsessive thoughts about possessions such as fear of running out of an item, fear of needing it later, needing it just in case, or may search trash to make sure possessions haven't been thrown away
  • May have a loss of space in the home, social isolation, family or marriage problems, financial issues, or health hazards
  • Possessions are disorganized
  • May have trouble categorizing items

If you related to any of these symptoms, this book could help! Keep reading all week for more info on overcoming hoarding!

Source: Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding by Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick, and Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.