Posted by: Dee | 2009-09-07

Collection syndrome

I wonder if there is a term for this. My vriend collects everything. Everything useless. From stacks of old newspapers to old computers that has been long since their due date. Her house is full of " stuff" . She is a single mother with a small child, but even his room is full of " stuff" . The kitchen is so full of rubbish that it is difficult to prepare food in it. Is there a name for it?. Where can I read more up on it. Is it a disease and can it be cured?. She has a lovely personality and I would love to help her.

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There have been papers written about this in medical journals, some calling it the Giogenes Syndrome, but more usefully, Hoarding. The problem can be helped, but obviously this needs the person herself to recognize that this is a problem and getting out of hand. A psychologist using CBT ( COgnitive-Behaviour Therapy ) is likely to be best able to help change this problem behaviour. Sometimes part of the problem can be that the person feels insecure financially and hesitates to part with anything for fear that they will find they need it tomorrow, and can't afford to replace it.
Now I must just go and re-arrange my store-room !

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