Hoarding is a delicate condition that must be approached with care, compassion, and a non-judgemental take. People struggling with Hoarding Disorder constantly battle between their possessions and the compulsive need to buy, collect and save items, regardless of their economic value.
Bio-One of Chula Vista has assisted numerous families and customers struggling with Hoarding Disorder, as the house or property of the individual can turn into a hazardous environment. These are the most common signs and facts about Hoarding Disorder. Identifying these signs is useful to anyone who might be struggling with hoarding, directly (the affected individual) or indirectly (family and community members).
Basic Facts about Hoarding Disorder
People struggling with Hoarding Disorder usually face a diminished quality of life due to the clutter and accumulation of possessions. These possessions get in the way of performing normal, routine activities like using the kitchen, sitting on the couch in the living room, or even going to the bathroom. Basic facts about Hoarding Disorder include:
Hoarding Disorder affects an estimated 2 to 6% of the U.S. population - Some researches indicate that it’s also more common in males than females. Also, individuals usually live alone, and the elderly are more likely to struggle with Hoarding Disorder.
Hoarding Disorder is not the same as collecting - A person who collects (baseball cards, coins, art, magazines) is usually proud to showcase these items, as it might represent hours and research time to put a “collection” together. A person struggling with hoarding is usually embarrassed by their situation and likely isolates themselves from family and friends.
Hoarding Disorder can lead to dangerous living conditions - People struggling with hoarding accumulate things without being conscious of the dangers of this compulsive behavior. Houses and properties usually show signs of deterioration due to clutter and waste.
People struggling with Hoarding Disorder will save all kinds of things - For someone struggling with hoarding, items have a different meaning. Things have a strong emotional value and have nothing to do with the item itself. Hoarders can save magazines, newspapers, books, food, home appliances, household items, clothing, and even animals.
While the cause of hoarding is unknown, several risk factors can help identify it - Medical experts have said that a traumatic life event can trigger Hoarding Disorder; or a history of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and OCD. Anyone is capable of developing hoarding tendencies.
What is the Outlook for someone struggling with Hoarding?
Hoarding Disorder must be treated by a doctor. Hoarding is a condition that can be controlled and treated so that the individual can live a normal, functioning life. Individuals learn to manage their possessions, and the right treatment can reduce the need for saving and accumulating things.
People struggling with hoarding can turn their life around, but they need help and support to overcome this situation.
Bio-One of Chula Vista cares, understands, and helps people with these difficult and sometimes overwhelming situations. We aim to help individuals get their life back on track and turn their house or property into a safe, hazard-free environment.
Bio-One also works closely with the homeowner or their loved ones to ensure everyone is comfortable during the remediation process.
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