Hoarding, stockpiling and panic buying: What is ‘normal’ in an abnormal time?

Hoarding, stockpiling and panic buying: What is 'normal' in an abnormal time?

Symptoms of depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders have emerged or worsened for many during the pandemic. This is no surprise to clinicians and scientists, who have been promoting worldwide access to mental health information and resources. But what effect has the pandemic had on another common but often misunderstood problem: hoarding? The issue first received attention when people piled up paper towels, toilet tissue and hand sanitizer in their shopping carts at the start of the pandemic, leading some people to wonder whether they or a loved one were showing signs of hoarding disorder. If the article does not load you

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Hoarding, Dysthymia, and Depression: A Tiring Trio

Hoarding, Dysthymia, and Depression: A Tiring Trio

Research from the American National Institute of Mental Health states that depressive disordersare a major mental health concern among the US population. Dysthymia vs. Depression What is dysthymia? For adults, it is a chronic but less intense version of major depressive disorder, also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), which must occur consistently for at least 2 years. If you have had almost daily depressive feelings for at least that long and don’t know why you can’t shake these feelings off, I encourage you to talk to your doctor about whether you might be living with PDD. For children and young

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The Brain Science of Attention and Overwhelm

The Brain Science of Attention and Overwhelm

Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. In my lab at the University of Miami, these four words (shorthanded to “VUCA”) describe the type of high-stress, high-demand scenarios that can rapidly degrade one of our most powerful and influential brain systems: our attention. My research team and I study people who regularly experience VUCA conditions as part of their jobs—soldiers, firefighters, organizational leaders, and more. We investigate the powers and vulnerabilities of the attention system, pinpoint the forces that degrade and weaken attention, and look for ways to protect and strengthen it. If the article does not load you can read it here

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Hoarding is a problem only if it becomes a nuisance, say experts

Hoarding is a problem only if it becomes a nuisance, say experts

GEORGE TOWN: The habit of hoarding or gathering things that are not needed is part of obsessive-compulsive disorder and becomes a problem only when the hoarding becomes a nuisance to others and is destructive to oneself, according to mental health experts. Malaysian Mental Health Association chief Dr Andrew Mohanraj said such behaviour could be on a sliding scale between good and bad. If the article does not load you can read it here Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To read more stories like this one, why not

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Online Specialist Hoarding Case Management & Advice

Online Specialist Hoarding Case Management & Advice

This course is a specialist course available to practitioners who work in a multi-agency setting with people who live in a Hoarded Home.  Whilst it is not mandatory for the learner to have completed the Hoarding Awareness Course, the learner will need to have good knowledge of this very complex condition. Taking place on Wednesday 27th January 2021 from 10am until 3.30pm with a 1hr lunch break and delivered online via Zoom.  This session will be interactive offering the learner the opportunity to share their experiences of working in a multi-agency setting whilst learning what is required to manage a

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Hoarding Support Group Online Training

Hoarding Support Group Online Training

This half day training course delivered online by Heather Matuozzo, Director of Clouds End CIC, who has successfully run the longest Support Group in England for 10years.  Sharing her experience and knowledge with the learner, you will have the opportunity to understand the purpose and functionality of a Hoarding Supports Groups; how they are a practical way to engage with people who live in a Hoarded home, offering a safe and confidential environment for people to share their experiences and what works best for them.   At the end of the course the learner will have the basic principals in

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Hoarding Awareness Online Training Course

Hoarding Awareness Online Training Course

Unique for online training only, this course will be delivered by both Heather Matuozzo Director Clouds End & Sharon McLoughlin Associate Consultant Clouds End.  Combining their wealth of experience in both a professional and personal capacity, the sessions will include best practice and examples of case work undertaken by Heather & Sharon. Next available dates: Monday 7th December delivered over 3 weeks in 2hr sessions 2pm – 4pm ending 21st December What will you learn? This course will enable learners to fully understand how hoarding affects people, empowering the learners to empathise with people suffering from Hoarding Disorder whilst exploring

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Human Lending Library: Social Enterprise Changing Lives

Human Lending Library: Social Enterprise Changing Lives

iSE delivers the Human Lending Library in partnership with Expert Impact, matching social entrepreneurs with successful business founders for free advice and mentoring. The Library recently matched Heather Matuozzo, Founding Director of Clouds End CIC, with Karen Lynch, former CEO at Belu Water. Read on for more… Clouds End CIC is a social enterprise like no other, the first in the UK to work with people with compulsive hoarding issues. If the article does not load you can read it here Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To read more stories like this one, why not take a

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A clean start: how Cloud’s End is helping hoarders

A clean start: how Cloud’s End is helping hoarders

We all have junk around the house that we think we should get rid of but for the people Heather Matuozzo works with, the amount of clutter has reached another level. “It isn’t just clutter. It’s usually entire rooms that have no function any longer, so that they can’t get into them. Or entire households that don’t function  anymore – no water, no electricity, no gas. “These are people living in two square inches near the front door or in their car, or even at somebody else’s house that they’re busy filling up. What you need to do with people

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Has hoarding taken over your home?

Has hoarding taken over your home?

Lots of us know we probably have a bit too much stuff, and our homes would be calmer and easier to live in after a good sort-out. But for around 2-5% of the population, hoarding can be a real problem. Far more than just being untidy or collecting things, hoarding is a compulsive desire to hold on to things that may or may not have value – and the volume can get out of control, sometimes taking over people’s homes entirely. Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To

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