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How do you do an intervention for depression and/or hoarding?

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. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Therapist or Organizer for a hoarding parent?

My father died a week ago and due to the present circumstances, I was able to get my mother to agree to see someone about her hoarding. She is willing to confront it and realizes it is an issue, but part of getting her to agree to this was me volunteering to find someone to help. I have found multiple resources and would appreciate any advice on who I should be contacting first about this. (Special Snowflake, yada yada, you know the rest) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Maximum Future Vintage

What is your guess about the everyday items of today that are likely to become the collectibles of the future? To maximize ROI, what are some cheap disposable items today that may be greatly valued in the future? [more inside]
posted by kk on Mar 4, 2014 - 26 answers

Pick-up shredding services in NYC?

I am a bit of a pack rat. I’ve made a lot of progress in dealing with this problem but I still have several garbage bags’ worth of paper in my apartment that I don’t need and want to get rid of. [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Aug 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Hoarding and endless grief for lost things

I have major hoarding problems, co-morbid with depression and anxiety, for extra fun and challenge. This is further complicated by the fact that I often grieve for lost, broken or discarded things endlessly, and the feelings never seem to heal. These feelings add to my depression and inhibit dealing with the hoarding issues. Can anyone offer advice not so much on how to get rid of items but on how to deal with sustained distress from having done so? [more inside]
posted by beyondthepale on Aug 5, 2013 - 16 answers

What options are there to help someone 65+ with serious health issues?

My mother-in-law is very ill. In short, she is suffering from obesity, diabetes, hoarding, incontinence and mental health issues. Her husband is beyond the end of his rope and is thinking of leaving her. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Hoarders: Crazy cat lady edition!

Mom is a hoarder; house is making her sick. Adult children worried about her and grossed out. What can we do or say to her that might help? Snowflakes inside... Tl;dr: What, if anything, can be done or said to reign this situation in? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Feb 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Stuff. What the heck to do with it?

What do most people do with all the cards, letters, notes, trinkets and other crap that gets collected over the years? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Jan 3, 2013 - 52 answers

Do I need a cleaner or an organizer for my disaster of an apartment?

Do I need a housekeeper / cleaner or an organizer? I think I'm somewhere in the middle but there's no one in the middle apparently, so which way should I go? (USA, DC area) [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Chihuahua Puppy Guides?

In the wake of a recent hoarding incident in Pennsylvania a local shelter has a large number of chihuahuas who will soon be needing permanent homes. I have previous experience dogsitting a family member's chihuahua for long periods of time so I know how to take care of adults, but some puppies are also available for adoption and I think that might be a rewarding experience. Everyone in the household has experience with dogs, but we have not raised a puppy. I was wondering if you could link me to the best guides for what to expect and how to raise a puppy, and specifically for the unique challenges of a chihuahua puppy. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Jul 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Is there anything I should know or do before I hire a company for hoarding cleanup?

Is there anything I should know or do before I hire a company for hoarding cleanup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

What advice would help this family?

What can I do to help my mother and siblings cope with an abusive parent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me help my hoarding neighbors

My awesome neighbors need help with a hoarding problem. One spouse has created a living situation that is dangerous to the other and I am in the best position of all their friends and family to help them but I don't know how to tackle this delicate situation. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Apr 25, 2012 - 22 answers

"A genteel black hole that knows how to read"

Question for the bookworms of AskMeFi: I have waaay too many books, but don't know how to decide which to get rid of, and which to hang onto. How do you rationalise your library? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 17, 2011 - 43 answers

Tips for becoming more minimalist...

How do I curb my hoarder tendencies? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on May 29, 2011 - 38 answers

How to help a hoarder and his wife in Henderson, NV?

How can I help my female relative who lives far away from me (NV) and is married to someone who is becoming a hoarder? [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz on Feb 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Free Stuff To Good Home

Fastest way to get other people to come take our stuff? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Nov 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Is there a "hoarding gene?"

Is there a hoarding gene? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Oct 29, 2010 - 33 answers

Why does my heart feel so bad?

My mother's hoarding tendency is causing problems for the entire family. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 28, 2010 - 27 answers

Religious food storage v hoarding laws?

How do religious folk who practice food storage as part of preparedness beliefs and customs deal with actual instances of widespread food shortages? [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Oct 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Scary Neighbor Or My Bad?

What should I do about my angry new neighbor? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Aug 4, 2010 - 49 answers

Help me Help Them

Complicated question involving hoarding, ad/hd, and a disabled relative. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Definite symptoms of a hoarder?

Is my wife on the way to becoming a hoarder...or is she already there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2010 - 55 answers

What can be done with 6,000+ hard-copy books and a forensic engineer's lifetime paper collection in the "Age of Information"?

Is there a person or organization which will pick up and make productive use of a (non-famous) engineer/scientist's lifelong collection of books and papers? The local university libraries and relevant engineering organizations no longer accept hard-copy materials. I'm living across the country, and the family can't keep paying storage cube rental after my father's death. It's going to have to be an all-or-nothing donation in the next two or three months, or everything gets sent to a landfill. The storage facility is in the Ann Arbor, MI (USA) area - please see the extended explanation for details. [more inside]
posted by patience_limited on May 2, 2009 - 23 answers

I haz bukkits. Alert lolrus.

What to do with 150+ plastic buckets? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on May 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Help for Compulsive Hoarding

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** [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2008 - 37 answers

Help the son and daughter-in-law of a compulsive hoarder!

I have some friends (a married couple) from Denver who have just found out that 1) his mother had a stroke at the age of 70, 2) his mother was a hoarder, and has kept everything in her house for the past thirty-plus years that she's been living alone (with no power, heat, or water) 3) in Peoria, IL. I'm trying to find resources that they can use on their limited budget for psychological (support group), financial, and other assistance. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Nov 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Possible structural failure due to a hoarder's heap?

I am concerned about the possibility of structural failure due to a hoarder's heap. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Apr 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Can I hoard gasoline?

Is there a relatively safe way for me, a typical consumer, to hoard gasoline? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Jun 29, 2005 - 48 answers

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