Austin Junk Hauling: How to Cope with a Spouse’s Hoarding

Posted: July 13, 2013 in junk removal

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Yesterday, we posted “Married to a Hoarder? How You Can Help.” The post emphasized the role the spouse of a hoarder plays in the treatment of hoarding disorder. Mainly, hoarders need their spouses to provide emotional support during the emotional roller coaster that seeking help can be.

But what about the spouse?

Living with a hoarder is frustrating, overwhelming and heartbreaking. It’s not exactly fair to expect the spouse to provide unlimited emotional support to the hoarder while their own emotional needs are being unfilled.

Where can the spouse turn to get help?

There are actually two places that the spouse should visit to get help coping with their spouse’s hoarding.

The first is the couch of a licensed therapist. Therapists that specialize in dealing with hoarding disorder are rare and unless you live in a major city, you probably won’t have access to them. However, simply visiting a regular therapist will allow you an opportunity to vent your frustrations and get the emotional support you need.

The second place is online. Since hoarding disorder is relatively rare, you probably won’t know any other people in real life that have been in your situation. The Internet, however, allows spouses (and children) of loved ones from all over the world to connect, share stories and provide support.

From Children of Hoarders to Stepping out of Squalor, these sites can be an invaluable resource for someone trying to cope with living with a hoarder. Under the mask of being anonymous, you can discuss the specifics of your situation, your intimate feelings and more without the fear of being judged.

Above all these sites send out one clear message: you’re not alone and you can get through this!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest hoarding news, find Austin junk hauling contractor Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.


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