Treatment for hoarding includes working with a psychotherapist in cognitive behavior therapy, which helps the patient return to normal function, Mayo Clinic suggests. Treatment may include the use of antidepressants.
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps teach the person to see his objects in a new light and change his behavior, WebMD notes. Sessions can help a client make better judgements when determining if an object is worth keeping, teach him to make quick decisions about discarding an object, and implement the practice of tossing objects while navigating through emotions triggered by discarding the item. Bringing a professional organizer into the therapy helps the patient understand the benefits that come from changing his habits.
Symptoms of hoarding include the inability to detach from possessions and objects that others may consider trash and allowing those items to pile up within the home, Mayo Clinic says. Those with this condition sometimes live a sheltered life indoors and have limited social interaction. Additionally, those with this condition may fail to maintain normal standards of hygiene and cleanliness and exhibit aggression when people try to clean out their belongings. Clutter often builds up in kitchens and bathrooms. Hoarding is a true mental disorder that causes the person to feel shame, depression and anxiety.