HOARDING IS TREATABLE
AND COVERED BY INSURANCE
a form of OCD that affects millions of people. The hoarder has excessive stress in discarding belongings. There are
many reasons people hoard. They might attach sentimental importance to trivial objects. They might think the item
could be useful "just in case" and that discarding it would be wasteful. It is a mistaken perception that
hoarders are "just sloppy," "disorganized," "crazy," or "stupid." In fact, the opposite
is true. Most hoarders have above-average intelligence. They are perfectionists who have impossibly high standards
of organization which overwhelm them so they can't get started putting things away. Their home might look like a mess
to outsiders, but they know where everything is. Hence their unwillingness for anyone to move their belongings.
professional help, a crisis eventually develops. It can start with bed bugs, mice or rats. It an escalate to complaining
neighbors, insurance inspectors who won't renew home insurance, and superintendants who are not allowed in for maintenance.
Eventually, there can be a fire or flood from a plumming problem that doesn't get fixed. Finally, the resident or a
guest can fall and get injured, an ambulance or fire fighters forcibly enter the home, the situation is discovered, and the
You probably know a hoarder. It can be a neighbor, spouse, or an elderly parent.
Are you a hoarder? Do you avoid inviting people to your home? Do you deny access to exterminators, plummers, electricians,
landlords, superintendents, cable TV and delivery men? There's no need to suffer or feel embarrassed. There is highly
effective treatment for hoarding, which is done in a sensitive non-threatening way. It is also covered by health insurance.
Watch this TV interview with Dr. Brodsky about this devastating yet all-too-common issue. Email a question to Dr. Brodsky for a free consultation within 24 hours.
Or make an appointment online now or by calling 212-726-2390.
Watch this informative interview about Hoarding.