What You Need to Know
By its very nature, hoarding can have a huge impact far beyond the individual who suffers from it, much more so than other mental illnesses. Family members of those who hoard, whether or not they live with the person with hoarding disorder (HD), are affected by both the emotional toll of the disorder and the physical consequences. We have put together information to give you an overview of what you need to know if you have a loved one who is suffering from HD.
This section of the website contains important information for family members about how you can help and support a loved one who may have hoarding disorder.
This list of early warning signs can help families know what to look for if you suspect your loved one has HD. Severe hoarding problems do not develop overnight, and being aware of the early signs may help you to figure out what is going on sooner and thus get help earlier.
If you believe your loved one has hoarding disorder, the next step is to support them in finding effective treatment. There are many things you can do to help your loved one in their recovery — click here to the best ways to help your family member with HD. You can also read more about treatment for HD here, as well as look for HD specialists using our Resource Directory by entering you zip/postal code in the green Find Help box at the top of the page.
Hoarding can affect families in many ways — this article discusses the many family dynamics that may be affected by hoarding in the home.