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Obsessive Decluttering


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Hoarding has gotten a good deal of attention in the media over the last few years, and many of us are familiar with the fact that hoarding and obsessive-compulsive disorder are often related. The DSM-5, which is the classification and diagnostic tool of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), lists both hoarding and OCD in the category of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. In some cases, hoarding is even seen as a compulsion in OCD.

But what about the opposite of hoarding? What if you aren’t able to keep anything? What if you feel compelled to rid yourself of your belongings and can’t bear the thought of any “stuff” hanging around?

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  • May 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I would be interested in learning about the journey of healing from ocd spartanism, by your son. I have struggled with this disorder since I was in college. I loved drawing and art, but once I started drawing classes in college, I grew to detest eraser dust and crumbs, the pencil markings on my art supply box. I often procrastinated on my work in college, and I eventually could not even keep any of my artwork, though I placed in deep in my attic. I began simplifying my belongings, stuffing some in boxes, and later, getting rid of them all together. The disorder grew worse during my marriage to an alcoholic and after my postpartum depression. 13 years later, I am still discarding things and then resenting the fact I have tossed out something I kind of wanted to keep. I do this ritual more when I am overwhelmed, and possibly, after I eat junkfood?

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    • May 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      My son had severe OCD, but not related to spartanism. I would suggest that you see an OCD specialist who can give you a proper diagnosis and the right treatment. For OCD that treatment involves exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. Good luck as you move forward and I wish you all the best.

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