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What are the Common Signs of Hoarding, and How Can You Help?

What are the Common Signs of Hoarding, and How Can You Help? Bio-One of Orange.

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 understands, more so than ever, the common signs of hoarding. 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 the extreme collection of select items. 

In reality, 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 of 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 difficulty throwing out or giving away personal items. 

What are the common signs of hoarding?

A person struggling with hoarding is unaware of the problems and hazards of 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 can guide you step-by-step in organizing and disinfecting 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:

  • They usually live alone or they tend 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 struggle with other conditions like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, or Depression.

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

How can you help someone struggling with Hoarding?

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

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

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

A common hoarding scenario - Picture taken by Bio-One of Orange.
A common hoarding scenario - Picture taken by Bio-One of Orange.

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