Most of us take pleasure in our stuff: pieces of art, books, new furniture or a gadget that makes life simpler. Many of us could claim that, at least at one time in our lives, we could be labeled a “pack rat”. Then there are “the hoarders”; people who are compelled by an obsession to collect and store things to the extreme. It is a myth that hoarders collect only junk, they may save things that are beautiful and have sentimental value or something that makes them feel safer and/or more comfortable.
Compulsive hoarding can’t be classified as an eccentricity, laziness or a character flaw, it is much more complex. Hoarding was often considered a form of Obsessive –Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Research has shown that it is a separate condition often triggered by a traumatic event. Studies have indicated that brain function in the frontal and occipital lobes is different in hoarders. The next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders (due out in May 2013) will include a hoarding diagnosis. Dr. Sanjaya Saxena, MD, director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program at UCSD states that: “It is, in fact, a neuropsychiatric disorder that will not get better unless the person is treated”. This clinical disorder transforms the everyday act of throwing away an object into a personal violation.
There are between 6 and 15 million hoarders living in the United States. Hoarding can lead to tragic consequences, not only for the hoarder themselves but for family members, neighbors and firefighters who face a greater risk when fighting clutter-fed flames. The dust, mold, mildew and rodent droppings commonly found in hoarder homes can lead to a myriad of health issues. Extreme clutter can make activities of daily living such as bathing and cooking nearly impossible.
If you know someone who is in need of help restoring their home to an organized and healthy state, Absolute Bio-Recovery Service East is the experienced, compassionate and ethical answer. We work with individuals, families and organizations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis and Louisville striving to maintain the dignity of those affected by hoarding.
Call 887-401-1276 to learn more about our proven track record of discretely maintaining dignity while preserving family treasures and restoring property back to a healthy environment.