Hoarding

This is a real issue in America and I’m sure all over the World, it’s really talked about much.

Hoarding has broad searching implications including a substantial pubic health burden it’s linked to occupational impairment, and poor physical health.

In North America it’s estimated 30% of the population maintains a collection of some sort. The practice of collecting in individuals maintain is collection of objects that are generally consider interesting and valuable.

Compulsive hoarding is characterized by the acquisition of, and failure to throw away a large number of possessions

Excessive clutter the precludes activities for which the living space was designed.

Significant distress or impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding.

My husband is a hoarder and it’s a hard thing to live with him. He collects cars, car parts, and wood boxes which he says he can put little stuff inside. Our from porch is awful, I tried to clean it one time and it stressed him out such much that I was going to throw his stuff away. I haven’t done it. I have a friend and her boyfriend collects newspapers. Another who collects a number of things. It a enormous problem in the town we live it.

It’s not uncommon for community public health departments to become overburdened with complaints in bigger cities or towns regarding sanitary conditions and fire hazard risks.

Hoarding is a significant psychiatric problem that occurs at twice the rate of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). For times the rate of Bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. It has been linked with impulsive control disorders and appears to have high rates of major depressive disorder

Hoarding affects between 6 million and 15 million people in the United States alone. Treatment for hoarding has to guided by a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach.

Historically, hoarding has been deemed a subtype of OCD, new evidence suggests that there are more differences that similarities. Evidence shows it is a stand alone disorder though there are links that confirms that major depressive disorder.

I know from experience That it’s a hard thing for the individuals and there families. It’s seems to me that it is inherited.

My husband tells me his grandpa and uncle had this issue. My husband recognizes the problem but can’t bring himself to do anything about it. If I throw anything away of his, I have to be very careful that he got it long enough to forgotten he has it.

I never realized Hoarding was a Psychiatric disorder until I was researching it to see if I could help people with this problem.

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