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How do you convince a hoarder that he is hoarding things and needs to get help?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Difficult to do

It is very difficult to convince someone who hoards objects to stop.
Hoarding is often a part or symptom of a more complicated psychiatric illness, like ocd. Without addressing the whole picture with help from a mental health professional, you will have no chance of helping. Hoarders often do not have insight into their own problem or the anxiety of giving up their goods is too strong. Get help.

In brief: Difficult to do

It is very difficult to convince someone who hoards objects to stop.
Hoarding is often a part or symptom of a more complicated psychiatric illness, like ocd. Without addressing the whole picture with help from a mental health professional, you will have no chance of helping. Hoarders often do not have insight into their own problem or the anxiety of giving up their goods is too strong. Get help.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Thank
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine

In brief: Very carefully...

Hoarding (popularized on t.
V. Lately)is another form of psychiatric disease; although a benign one. Confronting the individual is problematic; and should be done with respect, love, and a plan. Collecting a lot of support will be beneficial to the hoarder.

In brief: Very carefully...

Hoarding (popularized on t.
V. Lately)is another form of psychiatric disease; although a benign one. Confronting the individual is problematic; and should be done with respect, love, and a plan. Collecting a lot of support will be beneficial to the hoarder.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen
Thank
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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Hoarding can be as dangerous as the individual loses the ability to take care of his or her daily living skills because of the mess that is caused. It can lead to a very dangerous home environment. Some hoarders also have kleptomania and will often have negative legal repercussions
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