What is Hoarding Disorder?
Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs. Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collectors look for specific items, such as model cars or stamps, and may organize or display them. People with hoarding disorder often save random items and store them haphazardly. In most cases, they save items that they feel they may need in the future, are valuable or have sentimental value. Some may also feel safer surrounded by the things they save. Hoarding disorder occurs in an estimated 2 to 5 percent of the population and often leads to substantial distress and problems functioning.
What We Do
Our program allows individuals experiencing hoarding disorders a chance to reduce the amount of clutter in their homes by working one on one with the individual to process their items. We assist in the decision making process to help to alleviate the anxiety that comes with removing items. The client always has the last say on how we proceed.
Item reduction is only the first part of our process. Once the items in the home have been reduced we assist individuals with organizing the remaining items, cleaning the living space, and developing the skills needed to maintain the space. We also offer phone support to individuals that may have any questions or concerns between sessions. The services help people remain in their own homes in their communities. To ensure long-term stability, many program graduates also work with our In Home Services program for assistance with light housekeeping, basic personal care, motivation and instruction, and social activities.
CHS Health Programs
2525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222