Hoarding is a disorder and the person should be seen through the eyes of compassion, not anger and frustration.

Hoarding is a disorder and the person should be seen through the eyes of compassion, not anger and frustration.  Hoarding can cause heated emotions like anger, resentment, depression and separation among family members and have a detrimental effect on children (50% of children living with hoarders become hoarders). A different perspective, and professional help, can save a family a lot of distress.  Assisting the hoarder in a loving and compassionate way can be a healing process for everyone involved.

    

Hoarding is a vicious cycle of purchase, acquire, search and save.  Often the items are of little or no true value to anyone, other than the hoarder.  This snowball effect eventually turns into a full blown blizzard causing unsanitary living conditions that adversely affect the health of everyone in the environment, including pets.

Hoarding is a disorder that is often associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).

 

Symptoms and Behavior

  • Inability to throw away items

  • Exhibits anxiety when attempting to discard items

  • Difficulty categorizing and/or organizing items (Living in Disorder)

  • Lack of Organization

  • Feelings of overwhelm or embarrassment by environment

  • Suspicion of others: touching and removing items

  • FEAR of running out of something that might be needed in the future (LACK Mentality)

  • Loss of living space

  • Social Isolation

  • Health Hazards

  • Financial Difficulties

  • Relationship Distress: shut out of family and friends in order to hide the problem.

Why People Hoard

  • Inability to decide where something belongs so they keep everything.

  • Believe that the item will useful or valuable at a later date (Future Thinking).

  • Sentimental Attachment to an item.

  • Bargains: can’t pass up a good bargain. Too big a bargain to throw away.

  • Feel an item is unique and/or irreplaceable.

  • Memory Anchor: they believe the item will jog their memory believing that without the item they won’t remember an important event or person.

  • It is a habit that has underlying emotional issues (trauma).

 

Quality of Life

Many hoarders live in unhealthy and often dangerous living conditions.  They learn to cope with their DIS-ordered environment rather than allowing a qualified person into their home to help find solutions to the root of their issue(s).

  • Lack of functional living space

  • Causes anger, resentment, and depression among family members.

  • May lead to separation, divorce, eviction, loss of child custody and serious financial problems.

Commonly Hoarded Items

The quantity of the items is what separates a hoarder from other people.

  • Newspapers

  • Junk Mail, Catalogs, Magazines

  • Paper and Plastic Bags

  • Broken Appliances

  • Worn Out Clothing

  • Cardboard Boxes

  • Photographs

  • Household Supplies

  • Food

  • Clothing

  • Art

  • Dishes

 

Closing

Many hoarders feel sad and ashamed about the condition of their lives.  They socially isolate themselves and cut off ties to family and loved ones.  Hoarding causes a decline in mental, emotional, physical, and financial health.

 

If you, or someone you know is living in a hoarding environment call us today to schedule a free, no obligation Hoarder Clean-Out consultation.

If you have a tenant, friend or family member that struggles with hoarding issues and is ready to clean out their homes, contact Action Junk Removal for professional hoarding cleaning services.

The process: Call AJR Action Junk Removal for Free (quote, on-site inspection, scheduled removal date, etc.)

 

CALL 727-201-4922 for a free no-obligation consultation today.

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