What are Common Symptoms of Someone with Hoarding Disorder?
Things are not easy for someone struggling with hoarding disorder, their loved ones, and the people around them. Both parties must understand the dangers and the importance of approaching the situation with deep care and sensitivity. On the one hand, the hoarder will struggle with understanding what hoarding means and the impact that it has had on their life. On the other, there are the victim’s families and loved ones, who also need to understand that hoarding is related to multiple mental health conditions that must be treated.
For someone who hoards, items have a different meaning, a more “emotional” value, and while it is ok to keep things that have a personal meaning for us when the accumulation and buildup of things affect your daily activities, that’s when help from professionals is required.
Everyone needs help. Bio-One of Orange's specialists can help remediate hoarding scenarios. Serving Orange County and surrounding communities, we are prepared to help you restore the property from all the biohazards that result from a buildup of possessions and clutter. Now, what are the common symptoms of someone living a hoarding lifestyle? How is their relationship with themselves and their environment? Here’s a list that can help you identify a potential hoarding scenario.
Common symptoms of someone struggling with Hoarding Disorder
A constant difficulty with parting with personal belongings: Anything from clothing, food, household appliances, books, and old newspapers/mail can have a different meaning for someone struggling with hoarding.
The need for saving things turns to distress and anxiety when attempting to discard them: Hoarding situations usually become overwhelming because of the high amount of clutter accumulated in the property. As we mentioned, if families and loved ones don’t know how to approach the individual, the outcome will be adverse for everyone.
Social isolation is very common: Hoarding comes with a stigma of shame and embarrassment. Admitting the condition might be difficult for someone struggling with hoarding, so they’ll choose to distance themselves from family and friends. That is why most hoarders live alone.
Difficulty with daily activities:If hoarding were just about compulsive buying or collecting things with no consequence, it would be easier to deal with. Unfortunately, hoarding poses multiple hazardous situations for the individual, and sometimes, it can turn into a public safety issue.
Struggle with other mental health conditions: Hoarding is often associated with other mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even schizophrenia. Hoarders tend to neglect themselves, and it is partially because they just can’t do normal things like showering, cleaning, or cooking a meal in the kitchen due to the clutter. This, combined with a history of mental health conditions, makes for a potentially life-threatening situation for them.
Bio-One of Orange can help!
These symptoms help us better understand hoarding and the importance of approaching these situations with care, compassion, and a genuine desire to help. Bio-One of Orange's team of specialists is here for you. We understand that sometimes things get out of control, and we will prioritize restoring your property from all the potential biohazards and having you or your loved one return to a safe, clean, disinfected environment that provides a fresh, positive outlook for the hoarding disorder.
We will work with you, step-by-step, to ensure that we keep all the items of value and discard those that may be dangerous to your environment.
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