Compulsive Hoarding Treatment in North Conway, NH :

Compulsive Hoarding

Compulsive Hoarding is a specific form of OCD that involves the obsessive need to acquire items and difficulty throwing away or parting with these items. It can lead to dangerous living conditions due to clutter or even financial problems due to compulsive spending. Like OCD, Compulsive Hoarding is understood to have clear biological underpinnings and often responds very well to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Occasionally, some people will benefit from short-term anxiolytic medications to assist them with breakthrough anxiety. However, behavioral-based therapies do not encourage the use of such medications, as they are counter-productive to exposure protocols. A specific form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that includes de-cluttering and organizational skill acquisition is recommended. Therapy will often require sessions taking place in the home. Individuals with Compulsive Hoarding may benefit from consultation with a Professional Organizer. It is not uncommon for individuals with Compulsive Hoarding to also experience some level of depression. Regular exercise can be extremely helpful in modulating anxiety and depression. Compulsive Hoarding can become very severe and debilitating if not treated. With appropriate treatment, the large majority of individuals are able to successfully overcome their anxiety symptoms.


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