Using Hoarding Disorder With Person Centered Theory

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Counseling Theory and Pathology Paper This paper will describe the nuances of hoarding disorder and investigate the opportunities of treating hoarding disorder with person-centered theory. Hoarding Disorder A picture of hoarding disorder is created through personal interaction and the diagnosis is supported by the DSM V. Picture of Hoarding Disorder My acquaintance was a 65-year old woman who lived with her eldest daughter because the family home stood as an unsafe habitat due to clutter and lack of livable space. Throughout several decades, Mrs. R gradually filled up the family home with holiday decorations, furniture, clothes, candy, and countless magazines. Twenty years ago, her husband purchased and placed two trailers in the backyard to accommodate the growing amount of clutter. The house became a network of narrow tunnels and most spaces were unusable. What once was a humorous oddity (the children joked about having four couches in the basement and receiving greeting cards from the local grocery store), slowly withered from nonsense to seriousness, and the humor evolved into family shame and fear. Mrs. R had several part time service jobs to support her habit. Ten years ago, Mrs. R and her husband separated because he decided he could no longer live with his wife and her persistent need to accumulate items. Although no one lived at the family home, the house remained full of items. Mrs. R’s daughter noted that object accumulation escalated after Mrs. R went through

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