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Understanding hoarding disorder and how Bio-One of Chula Vista can help

 Nov 09, 2021

Understanding hoarding disorder and how Bio-One of Chula Vista can help

If you know someone dealing with a hoarding lifestyle, you need to understand that they might be dealing with other mental health problems and situations that, because they didn’t know how to handle them at the moment, they developed into the delicate issue that is hoarding. 

Hoarding, by definition, is a situation where an individual is incapable of parting with items and belongings. Some people also struggle with animal hoarding, a more delicate situation that involves other creatures and that might result in a public safety issue. The reason for hoarding is that people add an emotional value to their possessions, it goes beyond what the items might cost in terms of money or functionality.


Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists have assisted victims and victims’ families when hoarding situations have gotten out of control. The reality is, hoarding poses multiple physical and biohazard risks that must be approached in a timely manner, with the sensitivity that entails helping someone overcome a life-threatening scenario, and the importance of the willingness to overcome them.

Houses impacted by hoarding are hazardous. Victims face physical dangers, risk of fire, diseases and infections.

Why do people hoard? 

There are multiple risk factors for someone to develop a hoarding disorder, and now being recognized as a mental health disorder has allowed mental health professionals a better understanding of why do people might develop a hoarding disorder. Risk factors include:

  • A traumatic life event: Losing a loved one, a pet, a job, or even something that they found extremely valuable might result in the development of a hoarding disorder. 
  • History of mental health conditions: Schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) are common mental health conditions that health specialists have associated with hoarding disorder. The help from mental health specialists plays an important part in overcoming hoarding, as the diagnose will lead to treatments and practices to reduce the tendency of developing hoarding disorder in the future. Psychotherapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are common treatments for hoarding disorder.
  • Stress and extreme worrying at an early age: We could say that these risk factors are associated with each other. While hoarding it’s reported to affect mostly elder women and men, when kids/teenagers are put under pressure or stressful situations, they may not know how to handle them, resulting in hoarding disorder in their adult life. 

Additionally, people may turn to hoarding as an escape, as a way to protect themselves. Isolation from friends and family is usual, as hoarding is often seen as an embarrassing, shameful situation. For Bio-One of Chula Vista, helping is our main priority. Hoarding disorder must be treated with deep compassion and understanding of each reality. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can restore your house or property to a safe, hazard-free environment.

Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

Hoarding represents multiple health risks for victims and anyone involved in trying to help overcome the situation. There is usually clutter, decomposed food, and occasionally, human/animal waste, which may result in biohazards and safety threats. Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists are trained to tackle hoarding situations and restore properties to their original condition, a safe environment with a new perspective for people. There is a positive outlook for people struggling with hoarding, and we are here to help you.

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. We are also proud members of the National City Chamber of Commerce and an approved HomeAdvisor company.

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