Hoarding disorder, or compulsive hoarding, is a recognised disorder in which someone excessively collects items and personal belongings that fill up the living areas of their home. As a result they may find it difficult or impossible to use these living areas for their usual purpose. The person may have significant difficulty parting with these belongings, even though they might seem of little or no value to other people.
Usually, visiting a doctor will be the first step towards seeking support for yourself or someone you care for. GPs can refer to community mental health teams for additional support and treatment, and may have an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) specialist who is familiar with hoarding.
In this section you will find links to further information about hoarding as well as organisations that can support people with hoarding disorder and their families and carers. Some charities and other not-for-profit organisations offer support, such as OCD-UK and the charity Mind.
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Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)
South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ
Telephone: 020 3513 5000
Description: Community Mental Health Teams offer specialist support for people with mental health problems who require further treatment or longer term support.
Description: GP practices provide a range of health services.
Hoarding – NHS Choices
Description: NHS Choices offers information about compulsive hoarding, including what can be done to help and what treatment might be available.
15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London , E15 4BQ
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (Mind Infoline)
Description: Mind is a national mental health charity that offers a range of information and support services for people who experience any type of mental distress.
OCD-UK, PO Box 8955, Nottingham, NG10 9AU
Telephone: 0345 120 3778
Description: OCD-UK is a national charity that supports people with obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), including hoarding disorder.