Recognising the symptoms of hoarding disorder

Recognizing the symptoms of hoarding disorder

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Hoarding occurs when a person has a persistent difficulty in discarding or parting with possessions. Due to a perceived need to save their belongings, these objects begin to pile up and fill the home. Hoarding ranges from mild to severe and can impede someone’s quality of life. It can cause stress, anxiety, depression, and even potential health risks.

The problem is that hoarding develops gradually and over time. It may be some time till the clutter has developed significantly and it reaches the attention of others. Hoarding tends to be a private behaviour, but it is important for friends and loved ones to recognise the signs and symptoms as early as possible.

Excessive attachment to possessions
Hoarders become emotionally invested in objects that have no perceived value. This attachment goes beyond what is normal. Pay attention to your loved one treating or discussing everyday objects with extra affection.

Unwilling to accept the situation
Hoarders generally may not see the disorder as a problem. But the right treatment can help them to understand their behaviours and how they can be changed, so that they can live a safer and more enjoyable life.

Not entertaining anyone in the house
In order to hide the extent of the situation, a hoarder will often avoid letting anyone into their home. This is easily identified when there are continuous and persistent excuses for the same.

Social isolation and withdrawal
One of the easiest things for a hoarder to do is to withdraw from social interaction to avoid embarrassment or judgement. This is a form of a coping mechanism where they become increasingly comfortable inside the confines of their home environment, thus avoiding social interaction.

Difficulty in handling daily activities
For hoarders, making a decision is psychologically difficult, as every choice comes with the loss of what they didn’t choose. And in order to avoid making these decisions, hoarders will often procrastinate excessively.

Compulsive shopping
Another sign of hoarding is the frequent buying of large quantities of items or mass accumulation. This compulsion of constantly buying accompanies the compulsion of not throwing away items.

These are just a few of symptoms that help to identify a compulsive hoarder. If you or any one you know is showing signs of being a hoarder, it is best to get professional care and therapy at the earliest. In most cases, the hoarded home will need additional manpower and specialists to help de-clutter the space. In these situations, it is best to call a professional biohazard cleaning company that can handle a hoarding cleanup.

Biosite Cleanup has trained and compassionate professionals who work towards cleaning and restoring your living space. We provide personalised and professional hoarding / squalor cleanup solutions to our clients in Goulburn, Canberra, Batemans Bay and surrounding areas of NSW. Get in touch with us to know more about our biohazard cleaning services.

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