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What are the Signs of Hoarder Behavior & How Can you Help?

What are the Signs of Hoarder Behavior & How Can you Help?

Bio-One of Chula Vista has had the opportunity of helping many families and property owners when the process of discarding things gets overwhelming. Serving San Diego County and surrounding communities, we understand that it might be scary to ask for help and feel judged. Bio-One’s hoarder cleaning specialists are a small family that will help you overcome these difficulties. You don’t have to fight hoarding alone.

The reality is: not everyone who collects specific items, or struggles with maintaining an organized living space, is necessarily a hoarder.

There are key elements that can help identify whether a person is struggling with Hoarding Disorder or if it’s showing early signs that could be addressed to avoid a severe condition. Hoarding scenarios are often dangerous and hazardous. The amount of clutter and trash has taken over the daily living spaces, and getting the easiest things like cooking, cleaning, bathing, or even sleeping done is impossible.

Identifying a Hoarding Scenario

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), the common symptoms and behavior of a person struggling with Hoarding Disorder include:

The inability to throw away possessions

The thought of letting go of items like newspapers, magazines, clothing, and other elements that don’t seem to have a major purpose in their life, can cause anxiety and stress. An individual struggling with Hoarding Disorder has a different perception of these items; the value is not related to how much they cost but how emotionally important they are for them.

Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items

Even if they don’t admit to having a problem, you can identify if a person is struggling with hoarding when you ask them about discarding random items in their possession. If they react abruptly to this request, shut themselves or become aggressive, you could say the individual is struggling with hoarding.

Difficulty organizing or categorizing possessions

This is an important sign that helps identify if a person is struggling with Hoarding Disorder. A person who collects items is usually proud to display these possessions. They’re a reward for his efforts. It’s different for someone struggling with hoarding. They usually isolate themselves from others to avoid feeling ashamed or embarrassed about the mess in their house or property.

Functional impairments

An individual struggling with hoarding constantly fights to get the easiest things done. Their quality of life is severely affected by the clutter and trash. Furthermore, studies show that hoarding affects people over 60 and those struggling with other mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and OCD. These data and these symptoms make up for a very dangerous living environment. 

How our hoarder cleaning specialists can help

In the face of a hoarding situation, Bio-One of Chula Vista has one clear goal: getting the help the person deserves. As we mentioned, people often struggle with other mental health conditions. Bio-One works closely with Law Enforcement, Public Service Agencies, Victim advocates, and other organizations that can assist the individual in getting their life back on track. We also strive to make the house or property safe for them to return.

Our hoarder cleaning technicians can take care of potentially biohazardous situations that can put their lives at risk. 
Our hoarder cleaning technicians can take care of potentially biohazardous situations that can put their lives at risk. 

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Bio-One is ready to address issues caused by unanticipated circumstances, such as death and serious trauma, at any time. We deploy our certified and experienced technicians as soon as possible so you can focus on more important things while the recovery process begins.

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Hoarding cleanup and Recovery services

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista works closely with emergency responders, hoarding task forces, public service agencies, and other organizations to provide the most efficient service possible:

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