Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring

Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring is a psychological or psychiatric disorder where an individual acquires and keeps a large number of items and has great difficulty getting rid of them or does not discard them. There can be strong sentimental value attached to items acquired even though they appear to have little or arbitrary value. Compulsive hoarding and acquiring behavior has been associated with risks to physical health,  impairment of  functioning, economic difficulties and adversity in relationships (family, friendships and professional). It can also restrict an individuals movement, make living in the house uncomfortable and even dangerous in severe cases.

Treatment for compulsive hoarding and acquiring is a adapted cognitive behaviour therapy approach: 

-  The therapist helps the client/patient overcome their acquiring fears

- To build greater capacity to discard and establish more accurate value judgment for their items

- Work through strong emotions surrounding their hoarding and acquiring 

You can read more about CBT on the CBT for OCD link

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© David Rosenstein 2011