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What Is the Definition of Hoarding?

According to recent studies, up to 6% of the American population – nearly 20 million people – suffer from compulsive hoarding. This condition is more common than obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and has been placed in its own category by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is a growing concern in today’s society, and those who suffer from it face years of rehabilitation and counseling.

What Is Hoarding?

Compulsive hoarding is a pattern of behavior that may appear at adolescence but grows worse with age. Studies have shown that compulsive hoarding is linked with brain abnormalities. Victims have a very hard time getting rid of items, even after they have lost their usefulness or value. Hoarders often live in cluttered apartments or houses, and may suffer emotional distress and impaired functioning. Compulsive hoarding affects every area of life. In fact, it threatens a victim's financial, emotional, and physical well-being. It also hinders relationships with friends and family.

Compulsive hoarders may be at risk for:

  1. House fires
  2. Respiratory infections
  3. Household falls and injuries
  4. Pest infestations
  5. Obesity

Because of the clutter, hoarders may not be able to do necessary daily tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, and sleeping. Walking throughout the home may also become difficult. Treatments for compulsive hoarding include antidepressant medication, as well as psychotherapy and harm reduction therapy. Cognitive behavior therapy has also proven useful. Those suffering from hoarding often need support from friends and family members as they overcome their addiction, learning how to limit the amount of materials they collect and how to discard items in a healthy manner.

Call My Clean Team Today at (469) 214-0118

Hoarding is a debilitating condition that is difficult to overcome. At My Clean Team, we provide efficient Garland hoarding cleanup services to make your home sanitary and safe. Our compassionate cleaning team will get rid of necessary items and clean up debris to reduce the amount of clutter in your home. From start to finish, we will handle the cleanup process so you can focus on more important matters.

Contact our team today to receive a free quote. We are available 24/7 and offer same-day services for your convenience.


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