In Australia there are around 1.2 million people who meet the diagnostic (under the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM-5) for a compulsive hoarding disorder
and counting those undiagnosed the estimate is as high as 6% of the population
Criteria for a diagnosis include
- Difficulty discarding items regardless of their actual value
- A perceived need to save the items and associated distress at the idea of discarding them
- Clutter that prevents the home being used for its intended purpose.
These hoarding services are suitable for individuals seeking all levels of support:
- Online forums and support groups
- Face-to-face support groups and meetings
- Therapists and psychologists who provide specialised professional help for hoarders
- Professional Organisers that can coach through a de-clutter.
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