In an article today in USA Today, It’s called a hidden epidemic,” said Megan O’Bryan, an Indianapolis clinical psychologist who specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding. “Hoarders are reluctant to reveal it. They are embarrassed by it but don’t want to seek treatment.” The roots of this problem lie in a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. These are the signs as reported by the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Association.

Accumulating of large amounts of clutter in the home, office or car, making it difficult to move around easily.
• Having difficulty getting rid of possessions because of an emotional attachment to them.
• Not being able to stop taking free items.
• Buying too many items because they are bargains or to stock up.
• Not inviting family or friends into the home because of embarrassment.
• Losing important items like money or bills in the clutter.
• Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of possessions that have taken over.

Source: International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation

If you, or some one you know suffers from this problem, get help. A combination of medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can relieve a lot of suffering. This is a painful and difficult problem that requires professional intervention.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.