Tips to Identify Person with Hoarding Disorder

The holidays are approaching and that means stuff, a lot of stuff. For someone with a hoarding disorder, this can be challenging and stressful.

Hoarding is mental illness that causes difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with this disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Often times it stems from depression and anxiety. These symptoms can be heightened during the holiday time.

Learn how to spot a loved one who is suffering from hoarding disorder with these 5 signs:

1) Inability to throw away possessions
When someone is hoarding it is very apparent. When you step into their home stuff will be everywhere and will be very unorganized.

2) Increased Social Isolation
Often times this leads to staying at home because they don’t want to feel embarrassed or confronted about their current situation.

3) Defensive when confronted
Compulsive hoarders will either make excuses or will get angry at the loved one trying to help. They will often say things like, “I plan to use this stuff later,” or “If you don’t like it, you can leave!”

4) Unsanitary living environment
When walking into a hoarder’s home, dishes will be long overdue, the toilets will be dirty, or there will be bugs and sometimes feces everywhere.

5) Lots of pets
Hoarding has an obsessive-compulsive component that can lead to having too many pets, which leads to a messier home. It typically gets to a point where it is bad for the health of both the hoarder and the pets.

These habits can lead to dangerous situations like fires, illness, infestation and even injury. At Business Name we value being the consummate professional in your delicate situation. We will help take the precautions needed to help create a clean and safe environment. If you or a loved one in suffering from hoarding, give us a call in your hour of need – you won’t be disappointed.

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