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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I get help with my hoarding?

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    I need help with my hoarding I'm not sure we're to start. Basically every room in my house has clutter. I've been told and have read to do one room at a time, but I'm overwhelmed not sure what to really do, plus have chronic health so tire easily Is there an organisation that can help me? Who can help?
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    Emma Warner


    A Registered Psychologist with over 12 years experience with young people and adults with a focus on Anxiety. Special area of interest is the psychosocial … View Profile

    The first thing that is working in your favour is that you are motivated and want to make changes. You have already recognised that this is an issue for you now all you need is to get the right assistance. Tackling a room sounds like quite an overwhelming task if you don't have a strategy. No doubt you could be feeling "where do I start"? If you tire easily I would see if you could have a family member or friend or even a volunteering service help you with the task. The way I would recommend approaching it is by using a three bags strategy, "Keep", "Give-Away" and "Bin". Every time you pick up an item you have to make a choice "Do I keep it because I need it/use it", "Do I bin it" or "Do I give it away (because you haven't used it in a long time and don't plan on using it". This is your starting point. If you are finding the whole task emotionally overwhelming and the decision process of what to keep and what not to keep hard then I would speak with your GP about getting a Mental Health Care Plan. This will entitle you to up to 10 sessions (medicare rebated) with a Psychologist who will be able to assist you with any of the underlying causes of how you came to hoard in the first place and some more specific strategies on how to overcome it. All the best.

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