Hoarding is a condition where a person collects many unnecessary items and sometimes animals and has a hard time getting rid of them. This usually changes their lifestyle in a negative way. When a relative is diagnosed with the condition there are ways you are supposed to deal with them in order to help them recover. Below you will find a guideline on how to do that:
Don’t be too harsh- the truth is that people who are into hoarding do not think that they are doing something wrong. This means that if you approach them with a harsh attitude you might end up creating enmities that could have been avoided in the first place and you will not have solved any problem. Talk to them in a polite manner and try and explain that what they are doing is far from normal. You should get supporting materials on hoarding where you will help the patients go through it slowly until they have a glimpse of what they are really into. This should be done in phases as it might be too much to take in at once.
Show them some dangers of the behavior- when it comes to hoarding, most people usually have some sentimental value to the things that they are keeping which is one of the reasons why they find it so hard to let go. It would help if you showed them the dangers that are caused by the behaviors so that they can decide whether they want to stop or not. There is a lot of evidence material that you can find online or in libraries that can be used as supporting documents to help shed some light on the entire situation in the best way possible.
Get required support – there are times when you can try your best but your efforts keep bouncing back on the wall. This is not the time to give up but rather get support from professionals who are trained to handle the situation. You can look for contacts from people who have already been in the situation before and have managed to get over it somehow. These are the people who will point you in the right direction to find credible professionals who will help you assist your relative to recovery. Make sure you follow the guidelines given by the profession to the later to increase chances of success.
Be a friend- people who engage in hoarding are usually lonely and sometimes only need a friend in order to get over the situation with ease. Talk to them and listen to whatever issues they may have in a bid to try and solve the problem. You can also engage in various activities such as going out to have fun or other things that will keep their minds pre occupied until they don’t want to hoard no more. This way, they might realize that they are on the wrong and want to clean up their act. Be there to offer support during and after the healing process and offer the patients as much support as they may need.