Question: I believe that my mother had OCD expressed as hoarding. Every room in her house is full of stuff piled literally five to six feet high. I suggested that she had this disease and she gets very upset with me. I gave her the name and number of a local psychiatrist that specializes in OCD, but she thought she just needed to “clean her house.” She has agreed to move in with me but I am worried she may start hoarding at my place.
Also I have been in touch with the hoarded house clearance specialist on this website who are going to clear my mums house. Tiffany told me to post here for advice regarding compulsive hoarding disorders. Karen
Answer 1: Hi Karen. I will send you a chapter on hoarding from our OCD book. It is treated with behavior therapy. Medication is not helpful for hoarding in my experience; although it will help depression that is commonly associated with hoarding for some reason, take care Claire. Continued near the bottom of this page.
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Answer 2: Hi Karen, I don’t know what your question is but I would think you are on the right track. The hoarding you describe is most likely to be OCD. This is a type of OCD which is very difficult to treat. It almost always requires some intensive behavioral therapy and this from someone who is willing to do things like come to the house. Even then it is very resistant to treatment. Paul
Answer 3: Hi there Karen, sounds like OCD. You should insist in any way you reasonably can that treatment must be sought. You can ask your mother to prove to you that she just needs to clean her house by cleaning one room in the next week or two, or prove it to you by going to the psychiatrist to ask for a professional opinion so that the two of you will not have to argue over who is right.