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What is Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding?

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Chronic Disorganization (CD) affects many people. Living with CD means that you have probably spent your entire life in a state of disorganization. The concept of being organized makes sense to you but the process of getting and staying organized that may elude you.

Hoarding is a bit more complex. It is a neuro-behavioral disorder characterized by three main features: 1) the accumulation of and inability to discard a large number of objects that seem to be useless or of limited value; 2) extensive clutter in living area that prevents the effective use of space; and 3) significant distress or impairment caused by hoarding behavior. (Bratiotis & Schmalisch, 2011).

Put another way, people who hoard have the same kind of stuff that is found in every home; they just have a lot more of it. The amount of stuff may impair access to hallways and rooms, exits and entrances. People who hoard may have rooms that are no longer being used for their intended purposes.

They may walk along "goat trails" in their home where passage through or between rooms is difficult to navigate. Stuff may be piled up to the ceiling either in the middle of the room or along the walls. Getting rid of the stuff is difficult, painful, and anxiety-provoking. People who hoard may experience the loss of friends and family members because the folks they love are frustrated by their inability to help clear the clutter. Clutter then becomes the enemy because it seems that the person who hoards is choosing "stuff" over their loved one.

A Clear Path has a program specifically designed to help people with Chronic Disorganization.

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