When should a doctor get involved?
People with hoarding disorder rarely seek help on their own. Concerned friends or family members often reach out to a professional to help a loved one with the condition.
Contact a doctor or mental health professional if hoarding makes a living situation unhealthy or unsafe for you or someone you know. A therapist can evaluate the situation and recommend treatments to help manage symptoms for a healthier life and home.
How do doctors diagnose hoarding disorder?
To diagnose hoarding disorder, a doctor will ask about your collecting and saving habits. To confirm a diagnosis, the following symptoms must be present:
- Ongoing difficulty getting rid of possessions whether they have value or not
- Feelings of distress associated with discarding items
- Living spaces so filled with possessions they are unusable