Hoarding – ADHD – ADD
10 Steps to Help
By: Lori Peniston
Are you tired of the piles of stuff lying around your home and office? Have you considered hiring a professional or even tackling the organization job yourself? It’s time organize the piles of clutter and make your life more manageable and initiating calm and simplification.
People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless or garbage. Many people with hoarding disorder also experience other mental health disorders, such as:
· Anxiety disorders
· Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
· Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Hoarding disorder occurs in an estimated 2 to 6 percent of the population and often leads to substantial distress and problems functioning.
Steps to help!
Encourage the person to seek professional help
Take the time to learn about hoarding and look for credible sources
Help them with their belongings if they ask for help
Listen to your loved ones
Recognize the positive changes that are achieved
Hire a professional who works with hoarders
Be sure aftercare is set up for the hoarder
Start with sorting out the belongings
Find an organization to donate items to
Acknowledge the progress
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a controversial diagnosis that has gained considerable attention in recent years, symptoms include:
· Difficulty managing behavior
· Difficulty paying attention and/or staying on track
· Chronic disorganization
Adults with ADHD are 4.4 percent of the adult US population but less than 20 percent of these individuals seek help for it. 41.3% of adult ADHD cases are considered severe.
Steps to help!
Getting organized is a key step toward reaching your goals
Hire a Professional Organizer that can help you and is aware of ADHD
Set time limits for decision-making – literally set a timer
Keep your to-do lists brief
Have a friend or family member hire a professional to help
Stop agonizing over insignificant items
Create a place near the front door for items or have bins labeled
Simplify your wardrobe
Take on one project at a time
Use sticky notes to stay on track
ADD (attention deficit disorder): ADHD is a common condition that affects children and adolescents, while ADD is more common in adults, symptoms include:
· Easily Distracted
Steps to help!
Check your planner 2 times a day
Make “To Do” lists
Start organizing one room at a time and hire a professional organizer
Make organization a daily habit
Take a 100-percent multivitamin and mineral supplement every day
Eliminate caffeine and nicotine
Exercise daily for 30-45 minutes
Limit television, video games and cell phone
Food is a drug so being mindful what you put in your body. Most people with ADD do best with a higher protein, lower simple carbohydrate diet, but this isn’t true for all types of ADD
I have worked with hoarders, clients with ADD / ADHD and OCD. Together we created a plan that worked for them! I invite you to call or set up an appointment for a consultation.