Tips for Helping a Loved One Struggling With Hoarding Disorder

Tips for Helping a Loved One Struggling With Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding can be a challenging problem to overcome on one's own. The excessive hoarding of possessions, even when seeming useless or unnecessary can lead to cluttered living spaces and difficulty moving around inside the home.

 

Because of these difficulties, it is essential to seek professional help if you or someone you know is struggling with hoarding. A professional hoarding cleanup company can help remove the excess clutter and trash from a person's home. They can also provide resources and support to help a person overcome their condition.

 

Let's explore the basics of Hoarding, symptoms and possible risk factors, and what you can do to help someone struggling with this condition. If you are interested in seeking help for yourself, a friend, or a family member, remember our hoarding professional cleaners are available 24/7 to provide you with the most efficient and superior service possible.

Image shows a severely cluttered living room. There is no space to walk around.

Let's start with The Basics: What is Hoarding Disorder?

 

Hoarding is characterized by the excessive accumulation of possessions, even when they are no longer needed or valuable. Hoarding can cause social isolation, financial problems, and health and safety hazards.

 

What Are the Common Symptoms of Hoarding?

 

There are a few key symptoms that are generally associated with hoarding, which include:

 

  • An excessive need to acquire new possessions, even if they are not needed or will never be used.

  • Severe anxiety or distress when attempting to get rid of possessions.

  • Piles of clutter and junk in living spaces make it challenging to move around or use the room for its intended purpose.

  • Isolation from family members, friends, and community.

 

What Are Some Possible Risk Factors for Hoarding?

 

A few risk factors may increase an individual's chances of developing hoarding. Some of these risk factors include:

 

Family History of Hoarding & Other Conditions

 

Though the cause of hoarding remains unknown, people who have a family history of hoarding are more likely to develop the condition themselves.  Families with a history of hoarding often live in cluttered and chaotic homes.

 

Hoarding is also associated with other conditions like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Depression.

 

Suffering from Anxiety, Depression & Other Conditions

 

People who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions are also more likely to develop hoarding. These conditions usually lead individuals to constantly think about perfectionism and constantly struggle with making decisions.

 

Experiencing Stressful Life Events

 

Stressful life events, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss, can also trigger hoarding. Most of the time, these events lead to feelings of grief, guilt, and anxiety, contributing indirectly to developing a hoarder behavior.

Image shows the same living room after it was cleaned by Bio-One technicians.

What Can You Do if You Think Someone You Know may be Dealing with Hoarding?

 

If you think someone you know may be dealing with hoarding, you can do a few things to help. Keep in mind that help from professionals is necessary to enable the individual to understand this condition and receive treatment based on their specific needs and reality.

 

Educate Yourself About the Condition Before Approaching the Hoarder

 

The first step is to educate yourself about hoarding. This will help you understand the condition and how best to approach the person you think may be affected. It's also important to remember that hoarding is a very personal condition, and not everyone who hoards will respond the same way to efforts to help.

Image shows a hallway blocked by clutter and debris.

Approach the Hoarder With Compassion and Understanding

 

When you're ready to talk to the person you think is hoarding, try to talk with them about their behavior. It can be a difficult conversation to have, but it is essential to try to understand why they are hoarding and what may be causing it. It is also essential to let hoarders know that you are concerned about the dangerous environment and its impact on their life.

 

Hoarders' homes are highly infectious and hazardous scenarios. The piles of clutter and trash typically result in mold growth, rodents, cockroaches and other pests, foul odors from rotten food and dead animals, and risk of accidents from garbage blocking hallways and key areas of the property.

 

If the individual is receptive, you can offer to assist them with their hoarding. This may involve the hoarder in the cleanup process to declutter their house, clearing and organizing their possessions in a more manageable way.

 

You can also help the hoarder to find resources and support for the condition. Do not hesitate to turn to professionals for help. At the end of the day, you want to let them know that you're concerned about their wellbeing and offer them peace of mind in any way you can.

 

Contact a Mental Health Professional

 

If you think someone you know may be dealing with hoarding, the best thing to do is contact a professional. This professional can help to assess the situation and provide resources and support, not only for the hoarder but for their family members and anyone interested in helping. There are also hoarding support groups available that can provide help and advice.

 

Learn more about Diagnose and Treatment for Hoarding by visiting American Psychiatric Association's website.

 

While a hoarding situation may be difficult to overcome, there are resources available to help. Contact a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist if you think someone you know may be dealing with hoarding.

How a Professional Cleaning Company like Bio-One can Help

 

If you are concerned that someone you know may be struggling with a hoarding situation, you can do a few things to address the situation. The most important thing is to encourage them to seek professional help. We know this can be difficult, as hoarders often feel embarrassed or ashamed of their condition. However, with the help of a professional cleaning company like Bio-One, they can get the support they need to overcome hoarding.

 

Image shows the same hallway after it was decluttered by Bio-One technicians.

Bio-One is a company with years of experience helping people with hoarding. We have a team of highly trained professionals who can help clean up and organize the hoarder's home so they can start to live a healthier life. We also offer counseling and support to help the person overcome their condition in the most effective manner.

 

If you are concerned about someone you know, please call Bio-One today for a free hoarding cleanup consultation. We can help you get your loved one on the road to recovery.

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Bio-One is the finest choice for assisting victims and their families if a suicide, homicide, unattended death, crime scene, or traumatic situation occurs. In addition to emergency services, Bio-One, a locally-owned company also offers biohazard cleanup services for commercial and residential properties. 

 

We understand that biohazardous material can be a great source of stress for property owners, so we work quickly and efficiently to minimize the disruption it causes.

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We collaborate with local law enforcement, neighborhoods, emergency services personnel, victim support organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment complexes, insurance company carriers, and others to provide the best service possible.

 

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Bio-One of Poway is a proud member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. We are available 24/7 to provide a trustworthy, reliable hoarding cleanup service. Our team of specialists has the expertise and equipment necessary to remove biohazardous material and safely dispose of it. Give us a call at 858-261-4527. Bio-One is here for you.

Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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