Many people think of hoarders as irresponsible individuals who detest cleaning, but experts say that the obsessive-compulsive disorder goes deeper than most understand. Researchers are still working to discover the intricate roots of the condition, but trauma has been cited in a number of serious cases.
Sandra of San Antonio, Texas, is one example of an individual who convinced herself over time that collecting mountains of impractical items was a hobby, according to KSAT-12. A psychotherapist helped her address her obsessive-compulsive disorder when it began to spiral out of control, but eventually, Sandra’s insurance coverage ran out. Now, a new therapist is attempting to get her back on the right track.
Clifton Fuller has been treating Sandra in a number of different ways, but he is still attempting to pinpoint her trauma. After September 11, Sandra began to collect items that could be reused in fear of further unrest. Although many hoarders can be treated with antidepressants, Fuller believes that addressing the source of a patient’s trauma is more effective.
Approximately 2 million Americans age 18 and older suffer from an obsessive-compulsive disorder every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Counseling may be able to help those who have suffered trauma.