How do you do an intervention for depression and/or hoarding?
May 11, 2014 12:05 PM Subscribe
My sister recently did something completely out of character - she failed to pay taxes on a family property which led to it being sold at auction. She never told anyone about this, she lied for at least two years, and it affected everyone in the family. I think this is a cry for help. I know I could reach out to her and ask but I think she needs something more dramatic to make her realize that she has hurt a lot of people (including herself) with her behavior and actions. I think an intervention is appropriate but I don't know the best way to do it.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (16 answers total)
I think she is depressed. She is morbidly obese and her house is out of control. I don't know if she would truly be called a "hoarder" in that she does not go and try to find things to add to her collection. She just never cleans and her house is full of crap.
As far as I know, she doesn't have many close friends so I feel like I need to step in and show her that she hurt her family. I have pollyanna view that if she actually sees how she is living, she might want to change but I also think she needs support and resources to do this. I am just unsure what these might be.
I realize I can't "change" her but I figure the worst thing that can happen is she knows that people care about her and she goes on with her life.
If you had experience with this, what was it like? What else should I be considering? Where do I even start. Throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org