Sep 10, 2021
Many people feel scared to even bring up the word “hoarding”, as they might feel identified with the common signs and symptoms that diagnose this condition. The reality is: not everyone who collects specific items, or struggles with maintaining an organized living space, is necessarily a hoarder.
There are key elements that can help identify whether a person is struggling with hoarding disorder, or if it’s showing early signs that could be addressed to avoid a severe condition. Hoarding scenarios are often dangerous and hazardous, as the amount of clutter and trash has taken over the daily living spaces and it’s impossible to get the easiest things like cooking, cleaning, bathing, or even sleeping done.
Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists have had the opportunity of helping many families and property owners when the process of discarding things gets overwhelming. Serving San Diego County and surrounding communities, we understand that it might be scary to ask for help and feel judged. Bio-One is a small family that will help you get through these difficulties, you don’t have to fight alone.
IDENTIFYING A HOARDING SCENARIO
According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), the common symptoms and behavior of a person struggling with hoarding disorder include:
-The inability to throw away possessions - The thought of letting go of items like newspapers, magazines, clothing, and other elements that don’t seem to have a major purpose in their life, can cause anxiety and stress. An individual struggling with hoarding disorder has a different perception of these items, the value is not related to how much they cost but how emotionally important are for them.
-Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items - Even if they don’t admit to having a problem, you can identify if a person is struggling with hoarding when you ask them about discarding random items in their possession. If they react abruptly to this request, they shut themselves or become aggressive, you could say the individual is struggling with hoarding.
-Difficulty organizing or categorizing possessions - This is an important sign that helps identify if a person is struggling with hoarding disorder. A person who collects items is usually proud to display these possessions. They’re a reward for his efforts. It’s different for someone struggling with hoarding. They usually isolate themselves from others to avoid feeling ashamed or embarrassed about the mess in their house or property.
-Functional impairments - An individual struggling with hoarding is in a constant fight to get the easiest things done. Their quality of life is severely affected by the clutter and trash. Furthermore, studies show that hoarding affects people over 60 years of age, and people struggling with other mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and OCD. These data and these symptoms make up for a very dangerous living environment.
You can read more about the signs of hoarding + the difference between hoarding and collecting by visiting ADAA’s Hoarding - The Basics article here.
In the face of a hoarding situation, Bio-One of Chula Vista has one clear goal in mind: getting the help that the person deserves. Many times, as we mentioned, people might be struggling with other mental health conditions.
Bio-One works closely with Law Enforcement, Public Service Agencies, Victim advocates, and other organizations that can assist the individual in getting their life back on track.
We also strive to make the house or property a safe place for them to return. We’ll take care of any potentially hazardous situations that can put their lives at risk.
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