Humanizing Hoarder Disorder
By Jennifer Hanzlick, 2018 Education Conference & Trade Show Speaker
Most people get their information about hoarding disorder from the TV show where the individual is surrounded by piles and piles of things and the drama letting go of anything is portrayed. In reality, the homes may look the same but the people and the methods of helping them are drastically different.
According to statistics, up to 5% of the population
Hoarding disorder was only listed as a diagnosis in the DSM 5- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder in 2013. However, more researchers and experts are focusing on this as a mental illness.
Many people assume that someone with a home full of stuff is “a hoarder”. Someone who may be lazy, stubborn, or unclean. However, hoarding disorder is a serious and complex mental illness and these individuals do not want to live silently, suffering behind closed doors.
With 10 years of experience, Jennifer and her team know that these individuals are not lazy and stubborn. Underneath the
Jennifer and her team know that their clients are not “hoarders”. A Hoarder is not their identity. They all have past lives, families, and future dreams.
Once you get to know the person for who they really are, you’ll see that there is hope for
Because people do not understand hoarding disorder, there is
Jennifer and team are trained to help their clients with their emotions, their physiology and the practical aspects of helping someone make their space compliant and safe. Clutter Trucker can help sort, organize and remove large accumulations of “stuff”, in a compassionate and caring way.