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Living with Hoarding Behavior(*Specialty)

Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Hoarding Disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. Attempts to part with possessions create considerable distress and lead to decisions to save them.


If you or someone you know is immediate safety  or fire risk, please contact your local authorities, or contact  United Way North Carolina 2-1-1.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact your local mental health  facility, clinician or therapist after hours line. If you do not have one available, The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET.
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) 

What is Living with Hoarding?

An individual or person's quality of life declines grossly and is far below the quality and standards of an average individual.  A hoarded home present a health and safety,  as well as fire risk issues that continues to increase each day unless intervention occurs. 


Every individual living with hoarding is not alone. While some person's share some common symptoms, understanding the different types of hoarding behaviors enables us to create a personally-tailored solution for each individual case.

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Below are some additional tools and resources where you can learn more about
living with hoarding

  • Animal Hoarding

  • Compulsive Collectors

  • Compulsive Shoppers

  • Diogenes Suffers

  • Food Hoarding

  • Information Hoarding

  • Mail Hoarding

  • Miscellaneous Hoarding

  • Trash Hoarding

  • Hiding Hoarders

Types of Hoarding

Click here to see the different types of hoarding and learn more 

How can I help?

Click here to learn more on how you can help from the outside in

Meetings & Support Groups

Click here for the calendar for support groups & meetings. 


If you are a representative with an agency and have a client in need of organizing solutions in a potential hoarded home, please use the Agency Referral Form  for information. 

" You don't have to struggle in silence"

Collecting, Compulsive Acquiring or Hoarding Behavior

Fact Sheet

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The Collecting, Compulsive Acquiring or Hoarding Behavior Fact Sheet was developed by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, and is a public tool to assess the degree of clutter, from collection, to compulsive acquiring and hoarding behaviors that an individual can display. This listing is not an exclusive list, but offers education in understanding the difference so that one can get the proper help needed. 

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Online Class

There are many causes of clutter.  Hoarding is just one of them.  Download the HHS Common Causes of Clutter fact sheet to see what else might be causing clutter.

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