Disposophobia, literally means "fear of throwing away". If we look for the origins of the name in the Latin language, we will get disappointing results because it comes from English, from the verb “to dispose” which means to throw, throw, get rid of something. By adding the suffix -phobia, from the Greek phóbos, we get that fear of throwing away that reaches pathological levels and constitutes a real problem that causes others in terms of both hygiene and health, both social and psychological.
Disposophobia: what it is
With disposophobia we define a disorder characterized byaccumulate pathological and serial. Collecting objects becomes compulsive, it is forbidden to throw away, not out of respect for the environment, with one "anti-waste" purpose rather as a mental disorder.
People who suffer from disposophobia manifest an obsessive need to acquire a large number of things, without necessarily using. Indeed, it is very often about goods that are not needed but cannot be thrown away, which accumulate without any purpose other than to stack them somewhere, one after the other.
This obviously transforms the homes of those suffering from disposophobia making it environments sometimes even dangerous or unhealthy. Those who accumulate compulsively can have problems with mobility, nutrition and hygiene.
There are currently various approaches to disposophobia, among these we find some interesting ones psychotherapeutic interventions which are among the most effective. There Cognitive-behavioral therapy it is among the most widespread, in the case of disposophobia it is specially adapted to the problem and also provides home visits, individual meetings and group sessions, to get to understand what drives accumulation and develop organizational and decision-making skills that can improve the situation.
It is also important to learn relaxation and impulse control methods. Another type of treatment for disposophobia is that which derives from the therapies used for addictions.
The important thing is not to underestimate the problem, dealing with the accumulators like simple lazy or untidy lazy people. There is something else underneath, there is an obsession that tortures them, first of all, inside. As if that weren't enough, a neglected disposophobia can also lead to depression, panic attacks and suicidal desire.
It is not easy to identify the causes of disposophobia and above all when we talk about it we run the risk of generalizing giving rise to fears and suspicions, or creating stereotypes. There are people who statistically can be more easily at risk of disposophobia, those perfectionists or those extremely disordered, for example, and who love eye contact with objects in a morbid way, those who have somewhat confused relationships with their parents, father in the first place, or people who have an index of body mass above average.
This issue can also arise following a depression. Collectors risk disposophobia but certainly they should not always be confused for accumulators if they are simply fans of stamps, butterflies or shoes.
Anyone who is not very warm or speaks very elaborately, with too many details and losing the thread, can be a serial accumulator, as well as who does not know how to plan and organize and struggles to make a decision, has no great ability to focus and does not stay motivated for a long time.
All those indicated are signs that may suggest disposophobia but obviously it is necessary to consult an expert before reaching wrong conclusions.
There are also much more obvious symptoms, which is hard not to notice when the disorder reigns in the life of the sufferer. The houses of serial accumulators are real chaotic warehouses, they are often dirty and at the limit of usability. Sometimes it leads to kleptomania or never returning borrowed items, other times, in the worst cases, even to a life led in conditions of poor hygiene and with the percolation of infestations of mice or cockroaches and of injuring oneself by tripping over the disorder.
A book does not heal but it can lend a hand or give the "there" to start a serious path of care that addresses all aspects. If so, the right title is "The magical power of tidying up" of Marie Kondo.
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