Hoarding involves saving or acquiring a lot of things irrespective of their value. Someone who hoards might find it hard to decide what they should keep or what they should get rid of. They might also have very strong positive feelings when they get more things. Lastly, someone with this disorder could feel anxious or quite upset at the thought of giving or throwing things away. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Most people have belongings that they consider to be special. It’s very common to save some belongings as the could be useful in the future. However, when someone is suffering from hoarding disorder, keeping all of their belongings can cause them distress. Alternatively, it can interfere with their day-to-day life. 

If you are looking for help with hoarding for you or for someone you love you can find a lot of helpful information here.

Why Some People Feel the Need to Keep Things

If you tend to hoard things, you might feel strongly about saving or keeping things. You might believe that:

  • you won’t be able to cope if you throw some things away
  • you need to keep hold of all or most of your belongings for the future 
  • if you throw things away you might cause harm to the environment or people 
  • you feel the need to keep things because getting rid of them would be wasteful 
  • all of your belongings keep you safe or are making you happy 
  • you just need more time or more storage space and things will be ok 
  • you should dispose of things or arrange to dispose of them in the right way or not at all
  • all of your belongings are special and unique, even if they might be similar 

Many people can relate to some of the above things to a degree, but they don’t tend to feel the, quite as strongly.

Hoarding and Stigma 

Most people have an idea as to what hoarding is. However, this does not mean that they fully understand it. There can be misconceptions surrounding hoarding, usually coming from TV shows. This is because the TV shows don’t show how people are feeling or how varied people’s experiences of hoarding are. 

There’s more to hoarding than simply needing help to tidy up. This is why it can often be upsetting and frustrating if other people do not understand this. However, you should know that you’re not alone. 

Many people suffer from hoarding disorder for many different reasons. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hoarding-disorder/ for more information. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby, Brayton, and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk