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The main treatment is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
The therapist will help the person to understand what makes it difficult to throw things away and the reasons why the clutter has built up.
Try to be sensitive about the issue and emphasise your concerns for their health and wellbeing.
Reassure them that nobody is going to go into their home and throw everything out.
The person hoarding is usually reluctant or unable to have visitors or even allow tradesmen in to carry out essential repairs, which can cause isolation and loneliness.
It's generally not a good idea to get extra storage space or call in the council or environmental health to clear the rubbish away.
It's really important to encourage a person who is hoarding to seek help, as their difficulties discarding objects can not only cause loneliness and mental health problems but also pose a health and safety risk.
If not tackled, it's a problem that will probably never go away.
Someone who hoards may keep large stacks of newspapers that clutter their entire house and mean it's not actually possible to read any of the reviews they wanted to keep.
Hoarding can start as early as the teenage years and gets more noticeable with age.