Hoarding-the Hidden illness
In May 2013 Hoarding Disorder was officially recognised in the DSM-V (the fifth edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The NHS has published a page on Hoarding, click here for more details.
Your GP is your first point of contact. Take a trusted friend with you to help explain the situation, you could even take photographs or ask for a home visit.
Please visit: http://www.helpforhoarders.co.uk/ for more information about getting help. The website is full of useful information and suggests the following websites for more help and advice.
- www.hoardinguk.org offer phone, email and advocacy support free of charge
- www.zyra.net/hoarders Zyra's pages are written about hoarding by a hoarder and introduce a different approach to managing hoarding
Also, The London Fire Brigade are very proactive in dealing with hoarding issues as it poses an enormous fire risk. I have worked with them on many occasions to ensure that people in that situation can be helped to remain safe as well as receiving help.
The London Fire Brigade have developed Fire Safety Tips for Hoarders Download here. If you are concerned that your home may be at risk of fire or know someone who you think needs our help please arrange a home fire safety visit. To find out more please click here or have a look at the Fire Safety page on this website.