Help for Compulsive Hoarding
January 9, 2008 3:10 PM Subscribe
Compulsive Hoarding – Seeking advice on treatment options & how I can help myself. **Please do not pass this question by if you have helpful information. My problem is not simply a matter of “go see a doctor”. I am on a waiting list to see a specialist (medical doctor) and have seen another doctor this week**
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I am a Male in my 30’s. I have always been a “hoarder” but I thought I had it under control.
Rooms in my house can not be used because they are packed with boxes, cabinets, et cetera, but in the past I was always able to work (leaving my house) and function (relationships, paying bills, saving money, traveling).
I have graduate degrees and had a successful work history until the last year.
During the past year I burned through tens of thousands of dollars of savings in a crazy attempt to purchase every item I thought I “needed” to have to complete various collections.
I lost my job and my health insurance and I have gone into debt with credit card bills unpaid.
Didn’t care about any of it. I was happy to have more time to work on my collections.
Now I am losing my house and must move out over the next 30 days.
I have siblings and their spouses who are helping me and financially supporting me through this process; other family members are not supportive and these persons feel free to call the siblings and advise them to let me hit “rock bottom” without any help.
I met with a Psychiatrist this week. She explained to me that there is a lot about Compulsive Hoarding that is not known and she said it is not an area where she has a lot of experience. She ordered blood work and will see me next week to discuss possible medications.
I am on a waiting list to see another Psychiatrist that specializes in this area. That appointment is not until April.
I have no health insurance – have applied to Medicaid and expect to receive benefits before February.
The doctor I saw this week said residential treatment may be indicated, but she will have to ask colleagues for recommendations.
1) What can I do on my own to work on this? I have hundreds of boxes filled with things that are important to me that I need to go through. How do I decide what to throw out? Are there social workers who will come to your house and help you through this process?
2) Is some type of 12 step program appropriate? I don’t know where else to go to find people who have similar issues.
3) What kind of residential treatment programs are there for Compulsive Hoarding? How long would I have to stay at one?
4) Any information about treatments, suggested reading, experts to contact are appreciated.
I have created an email account email@example.com if anyone would like to send information there. I will monitor the responses and ask a moderator to post additional information if it is needed. Thank you in advance for your assistance.