North Shore Center for Hoarding & Cluttering Interviewed by Condo Magazine

“Hoarding is a Disability for Sufferers and a Complicated Challenge for Community Associations”

It usually starts with a complaint:  Owners object to the “bad smell” coming from a neighboring unit, or they report that a resident has begun storing personal possessions in the hallway outside his front door. Perhaps the manager dropped by to deliver a notice or just to say “hello,” and was appalled by the “horrifying clutter” she saw in an owner’s living room. You may be dealing with a hoarding situation. How should you handle it?  The first step is understanding that hoarding is a mental illness—designated officially as such by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, but recognized by mental health professionals for many years before that.

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Natalie Albee

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