If you’re looking to help a friend, a family member, or someone from your community who may be struggling with hoarding disorder, here are five things you should know:
The individual is likely to show resistance to letting others into their house: Hoarding scenarios may be complicated. It’s normal for people struggling with hoarding disorder to isolate themselves from others, and they won’t admit that they need help (unless the situation becomes so dangerous that they need to be taken out from the property).
The individual may be dealing with more than just hoarding: People struggling with hoarding disorder may be dealing with other mental health conditions like anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. It’s still very hard to determine why do people develop hoarding disorder, but a history of mental health conditions in the family, and a traumatic life event may have triggered this condition in the individual.
Hoarding is not the same as collecting: People often mistake collecting with hoarding disorder. The main differentiator between these two lies in how the individual looks at their possessions. A collector is usually proud to show off his/her collections, as it is possible it may have taken time and effort to put everything together. Hoarders, on the other hand, usually feel ashamed of their living conditions, as it’s impossible to carry out normal activities like cleaning, cooking, and walking around the house. Their belongings are typically scattered around.
There is a positive outlook for hoarding: Fortunately, with the right treatment, there is a positive outlook for hoarding. Once they understand the reasons behind hoarding and have a better relationship with their possessions, you can offer to help them clean their environment.
Bio-One of Orange can help you
Cleaning and disinfecting a hoarded property may be challenging and overwhelming. Bio-One of Orange is always available to help. Our certified technicians have first-hand experience remediating hoarding situations with care, compassion, and discretion for victims and families.
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