What are the common signs of Hoarding and how can you help someone struggling with the disorder?

A person struggling with a hoarding disorder has a completely different, more complicated perspective on life and the value of items. Being able to help so many families across the County since last year, Bio-One of Orange technicians understand, more so than ever,  that hoarding is difficult. The thought of parting with simple items most people would consider trash or recyclable (e.g. old newspapers) can cause stress and might lead to extreme collecting of select items. 

 

The reality is, hoarding is a delicate condition, mainly because people lose control over things they need from the ones they acquire by impulse. According to statistics shared by the American Psychiatric Association, “hoarding affects an estimated 2 to 6% of the population” and the main consequence the encounter is the ability to perform normal activities. In many cases, hoarding is also associated with other mental health disorders like depression, OCD, and anxiety. 

 

Hoarding is listed as a disorder by the American Psychiatric Association and the ADAA, as the individual experiences or has constant difficultly with throwing out or giving away personal items. 

Image shows a hoarding scene where a kitchen and living room areas are blocked by trash and clutter, making it almost impossible to walk around it.
Image shows a hoarding scene where the kitchen area is blocked by trash and clutter. Kitchen cabinets and space in general is completely unusable.

What are the common signs of hoarding?

 

A person struggling with hoarding is not conscious of the problems and hazards that come with compulsive buying and storing. They will keep all kinds of items because the value is not necessarily related to an economic perspective. It can be anything, and one of the most common items you can find in a house affected by hoarding are:

 

-Household supplies.

-Food and several beverages.

-Newspapers and magazines.

-Books, collectibles like coins, baseball cards, etc.

-Clothing.

-Documents and papers.


Bio-One of Orange technicians can guide you, step-by-step, in the process of organizing and sanitizing your house or property, discarding items that could potentially create safety threats.

While there’s a wide range of characteristics and traits to identify a hoarder, they usually share a few common symptoms like :

 

  • They usually live alone or they’re tending to isolate themselves from others.

  • Because they’re usually overwhelmed by clutter and other trash, a person struggling with hoarding is likely to be up to three times more obese than the average person. 

  • Hoarders might be struggling with other conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, or Depression.

 

You can learn more about the average hoarder here.

 

Bio-One of Orange technicians are trained to approach hoarding scenarios with the utmost consideration for the individuals affected. It doesn’t matter how you got there as long as you are willing to overcome these situations.

Image shows a living room area completely blocked by trash and clutter. It's near impossible to walk around the mess.

How can you help someone struggling with Hoarding?

 

A person struggling with hoarding usually lives in a limited, unhealthy, and dangerous environment. Without realizing, their normal living conditions are affected by this disorder, making easy tasks like sitting in your living room or going to the bathroom a difficult, sometimes, impossible thing to do.

 

If you or someone you care about is struggling with hoarding, don’t hesitate to call a professional to help you get things back to normal. Bio-One of Orange technicians are trained to face the most challenging situations, with deep care and compassion for everyone involved.

 

Know that, in the face of a hoarding situation, you are not alone. The ultimate goal from Bio-One is to help you get back to the healthiest, safest, and most acceptable living conditions.

 

Our Team is available 24/7, 365 days a year. We are here for you! Give us a call: 714-397-8375.

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