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Dr. Joti Samra – How to Help Individuals with Hoarding-Related Difficulties

How to help Hoarders

How to help Hoarders

Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding Disorder is a difficulty an individual has with parting with items or excessively collecting them. Not only can it affect their health, but it can also affect the people closest to them. Luckily, there are ways to for you to help a loved one who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding Disorder overcome their problem.

Learn About Hoarding

Educate yourself on Hoarding Disorder by reading as many articles and websites as you can. This will give you a greater sense of what your loved one is going through, whether it be the anxiety or loneliness they may be feeling. This will give you a sound approach of how to sit down and talk to your loved one and will help you better understand their problem.

Take the Small Victories

It can take those who hoard years to get rid of their valuable possessions, which is why each possession they throw away can be seen as a victory. Praise them for throwing away an item or two or if they hold back from buying a new item. This will go a long way in providing your loved one with incentive to continue throwing items away.

Help Them Clean

You can help your loved one by assisting them in cleaning their possessions a bit at a time. There are even companies that specialize in clean up. For example, 1st Hoarding Cleanup provides Hoarding Cleanup Services for those with Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding Disorder.

Find Treatment

Finding the right therapist can seem like a big step, but sometimes this is necessary to help your loved one. You never want to force anyone in to treatment, however, run the idea by them and explain how this can benefit them in the future. Dr. Samra is a registered psychologist and trained in areas such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is the most common form of treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding Disorder. Contact Dr. Samra Today!


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