Hoarding can be an incredibly difficult situation to deal with. You may not even know where to start. However, as with most things, some knowledge, understanding, and compassion can go a long way. Here are some key things to know to better understand hoarding behaviors, and to allow you to help and give the best support possible.
- Hoarding tendencies can start early in childhood, as well as in teen years, but tends to manifest more extremely in adulthood.
- An individual affected by compulsive hoarding will usually tend to deny their tendency to hoard. Their behavior is also not voluntary, meaning they cannot necessarily “control” it on their own.
- Hoarding’s roots are based from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
- A big reason someone might hoard is due to the fear of throwing things away, which can cause anxiety in the individual. Simply keeping the item can help calm the individual.
- Hoarders can also be perfectionists. A reason they don’t throw things away is they don’t want to make the wrong decision by getting rid of an item that they may potentially need in the future.
Hoarding is a difficult thing for many of us to understand, but for individuals affected with compulsive hoarding disorders, it can be dangerous to their health and to those around them. While it can be troubling to comprehend why someone might have these tendencies, it can sometimes be easier to understand if looked at from the affected individual’s point of view. Here is an article that better explains the process of hoarding from an individual affected by a hoarding disorder.
For more information on hoarding disorders, or if you or someone you know may be affected by hoarding, give us a call at 619-284-4239, or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com. Here at Clean Earth Restorations, we consider you our neighbor, and we always say that no one should have to go it alone. We are here to help.