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6 Facebook Groups to Support Individuals with Hoarding Disorder

6 Facebook Groups to Support Individuals with Hoarding Disorder

Facebook can definitely be a major time suck and it can also make you feel down when you see all the cool things your family and friends are doing. Yet, Facebook can also be a valuable tool for bringing like-minded folks together and offering support. 

 

I have rounded up 6 Facebook groups that I think are great resources for connecting individuals struggling with hoarding disorder as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder given many folks with compulsive hoarding can struggle with OCD. I love that online support can be available 24hrs a day and hearing others' stories can be so normalizing and validating for people who feel isolated, depressed and overwhelmed by their stuff.

 

1. Hoarding / Cluttering Support Group

The group description reads as follows: What we're trying to do here in this group is to provide tools, education and information - in addition to support - for everyone impacted by Hoarding - and that includes loved ones, social workers, therapists, organizers and clean-up crews!!

 

2. Hoarding & Clutter Warriors Intl.

The group is described as: We are here for the people who are Hoarders or have Clutter issues or somewhere in between. It is for people who suffer with chronic illnesses. We help inspire each other to reach small goals one step at a time. It is meant for the person with the problem and NOT for friends/family or other people wanting to try to help someone else.

 

3. The Clutter Movement Family Support

The description is as follows: Support group for families of those struggling with issues of hoarding or excessive clutter. We are a dedicated community working together to better understand and better support those affected by the results of hoarding behavior.

 

4. Goodbye Clutter Support Group

The description reads: This support group is for those who wish to say goodbye to their clutter for good...whether it's physical, paper, digital, or emotional!

 

5. Hoarding & Squalor Support and Assistance Group Australia

No matter the country, the struggle is the same and this group aims to: ...help members of the public suffering from Hoarding Disorder & Squalor to be able to receive assistance, support within the community. This community is not just for the person/s directly affected with Hoarding Disorder, but those also indirectly (family, friends, neighbors etc).

 

6. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Sufferers, Friendship & Support Group

This group description reads: This group has been set up by an OCD sufferer for fellow OCD sufferers. The group allows users to chat about living with OCD, experiences, helpful hints for dealing with OCD and other OCD related matters. 

 

I hope these 6 groups can help you change your Facebook experience and get you connected with individuals and resources who understand what you're going through.

Do you have any groups you'd add to the list?

 

***And while on the topic of hoarding disorder, I wrote a post a few weeks ago about CT's 3rd Annual Conference on Hoarding set for May 25, 2017. The link has finally gone live for those interested in registering.***

 https://www.ctclearinghouse.org/HoardingConferenceRegistration

 

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  • Thanks for compiling these support groups. I like when there is a give and take support system in these groups instead of just the host giving advice and participants are just asking questions. It really does help people know they are not alone in the process.
    4/17/2017 9:34:41 AM Reply
    • @Sabrina Quairoli: I belong to a few of the groups mentioned and it is very collaborative. I especially recommend the first one: Hoarding / Clutter Support Group.
      4/17/2017 9:38:45 AM Reply
  • What a wonderful list of support groups that you've compiled, Sarah! It's a wonderful use of social media platforms to be able to connect people from all over the world to lend support to one another with shared challenges. One other great resource is ICD - Institute for Challenging Disorganization. They provide education, strategies and research to benefit people that are challenged by chronic disorganization (including those with hoarding behavior and OCD.) Here's a link to the website: https://challengingdisorganization.org.
    4/17/2017 8:38:33 AM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: Thanks for chiming in, Linda. I didn't think to include ICD as I didn't think they had a FB group. Do they?
      4/17/2017 9:37:33 AM Reply
  • Support groups really are the perfect place to let down, be honest and build strength through mutual encouragement. This has got to be one of the best uses of Facebook. Thanks for spreading the word on these opportunities.
    4/14/2017 3:56:02 PM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I belong to a couple groups on FB and I completely agree that the validation and encouragement you get from others can be so helpful. It's amazing that these on-line forums can build a sense of community without participants even meeting each other.
      4/15/2017 6:16:03 PM Reply

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