Ask The Doctors | Advice

When it comes to helping someone with a hoarding disorder, persuasion, logic or arguments don’t work. Neither does force. Instead, experts recommend beginning by clearly stating your concerns for the person’s health and safety. Most hoarders know that something is wrong, and that their living situations are both peculiar and dangerous. Then, provide avenues of assistance. Some people find help with cognitive behavioral therapy, in which the individual is guided to identify and understand their thinking patterns, and then focus on gradual change. Individual therapy with a specialist in hoarding disorders can be helpful, as can group therapy, which allows the person to see they are not alone. You can find more information and resources at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s website, at