Bipolar clutter

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   Posted 6/26/2017 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My sister is 53 years old.

She was diagnosed with bipolar disease over 10 years ago.

She has cluttered about 80 percent of our home. She claims that she is selling stuff in flea markets. She also has covered the whole dining table and sofas and anything else that will hold clutter.

She says she needs to keep stuff in the open so her customers--thieves who drop junk off-- can see stuff and buy it without suffering the trip to the basement.

There are more details but I'm tired from thinking about it. I need answers.



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   Posted 6/27/2017 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Zane,

Welcome to the forum.

The highs and lows of bipolar disorder can often be accompanied by clutter. Is your sister currently using meds or seeking any treatment for this? Usually therapy and meds work together to treat this type of behaviour. Are you the primary care-taker of your sister? I would suggest you talk to her doctor about what is going on with her. If she is not in therapy, you should try to get her in soon.

See below links I found with some useful information that you might find helpful:


Please remember to take care of yourself as this can take a toll on your as well.
We are here for you, Zane.

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Tim Tam
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   Posted 7/3/2017 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
It's good that you are reaching out for help for your sister.

You said, "She was diagnosed with bipolar disease over 10 years ago" and that "She has cluttered about 80 percent of our home. She claims that she is selling stuff in flea markets."

Has she ever seen a doctor for her bipolar? Has she ever taken any meds for that?

Is depressed or manic? Being treated for the bipolar may help her with the hoarding.

I looked on the net search engine by typing in "hoarders" and it had a number of websites.

One of them was titled, "Anxiety and Depression Association of America ( You could get the names of therapists who worked with people like that.

When I click on "hoarders" in the website, nothing happened, but what was occurring was the new data that came up didn't appear on the screen where I clicked on that, it appeared below it, by scrolling down.

With a website title like "Anxiety and Depression," sounds like there might be a lot of anxiety and depression associated with that ailment. I think some depression meds also help with anxiety, and if she is bipolar, they can give her something for the mania.

The key is getting her some help, in my view. Have you tried getting your sister to a psychiatrist? Sounds like she is in dire need of assistance, which you giving her.

Keep trying to help her. How about letting us know what is going on.

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   Posted 7/3/2017 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
disorder, not a disease.
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