A clean start: how Cloud’s End is helping hoarders

A clean start: how Cloud’s End is helping hoarders

We all have junk around the house that we think we should get rid of but for the people Heather Matuozzo works with, the amount of clutter has reached another level. “It isn’t just clutter. It’s usually entire rooms that have no function any longer, so that they can’t get into them. Or entire households that don’t function  anymore – no water, no electricity, no gas. “These are people living in two square inches near the front door or in their car, or even at somebody else’s house that they’re busy filling up. What you need to do with people

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Has hoarding taken over your home?

Has hoarding taken over your home?

Lots of us know we probably have a bit too much stuff, and our homes would be calmer and easier to live in after a good sort-out. But for around 2-5% of the population, hoarding can be a real problem. Far more than just being untidy or collecting things, hoarding is a compulsive desire to hold on to things that may or may not have value – and the volume can get out of control, sometimes taking over people’s homes entirely. Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To

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Heartbreaking story of Liverpool hoarder addicted to buying clothes

A serial shopaholic who has filled her Liverpool home with piles of clothes is just one of the hoardersgetting help to turn their lives around in a special two-part series. Tonight, viewers will see how Janice’s buying got so out of control she would often trip over trying to make her way through the clutter filling her three-bedroom home. But shockingly, the 65-year-old said she didn’t realise she had a problem until workmen couldn’t fit a new boiler because of her hoard. Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To

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Tune out, get outside: Anxiety, stress spiking along with COVID-19

Tune out, get outside: Anxiety, stress spiking along with COVID-19

Fear and anxiety over the novel coronavirus can be overwhelming and we are all dealing with it everyday. Along with social-distancing and isolation, feelings of loneliness can make it even worse. Local psychologists are saying that anxiety and stress are “spiking” during the pandemic along with obsessive disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says that this fear around the outbreak can cause worry about family and loved ones along with the financial worry from a lost job. There can be disruptions in sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, changes in eating patterns, but the stress can make mental health

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Understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder

Understanding obsessive-compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health issue characterised by repeated unwanted intrusive thoughts, images or urges (obsessions) that cause extremely negative feelings, and/or the urge to do something over and over again (compulsions). People with OCD typically excessively check and double-check things, such as locks or appliances, or check to make sure their loved ones are safe. Counting, tapping, saying certain words and other behaviours are often used to reduce anxiety. Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can contact us at www.facebook.com/CloudsEndCIC for help. To read more stories like this one, why not take

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Seeking support for hoarding difficulties

Seeking support for hoarding difficulties

Hello, I’m Megan. I’m doing a research project on when and why people get help for hoarding. I would like to interview people online to understand how services could best help. It would be really great if you would read this information and consider taking part.  You would also receive a £20 voucher as thank you for your time. My details are at the end if you have any questions. Why am I doing this research? I am interested in this topic because I have worked with people whose hoarding became a problem for them. I would like to interview

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Hoarding ‘much worse’ during lockdown and there’s nowhere to hide from the clutter

Hoarding 'much worse' during lockdown and there's nowhere to hide from the clutter

The founder of Hoarding Disorders UK says that since March, the organisation’s helpline has seen a spike in calls. Around two to five per cent of Brits are thought to be hoarders to some degree. In times of crisis, stocking up on essentials is normal human behaviour. But for around 1.2 ­million Brits, hoarding items is a serious issue, linked to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. And for many sufferers, the lockdown has exacerbated the problem because staying at home means there is nowhere to hide from the clutter. Jo Cooke, founder of Hoarding Disorders UK, says that since March, the

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Elderly Changhua County woman’s trash causes woes

Elderly Changhua County woman’s trash causes woes

Health authorities in Changhua County are looking to issue a resident with an order to seek medical treatment and impose fines after the woman’s neighbors complained of trash heaps at her house, but psychiatrists say she might suffer from compulsive hoarding syndrome. The village warden on Wednesday last week said the woman, surnamed Pan (潘), who is in her 70s, often picks up discarded items from the streets, although her family is not poor, and she had reportedly stolen broken electric fans and bicycles from other residents. Remember, if you or someone you know is suffering from hoarding, you can

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Hoarding & the Silent Victims of ASB

Hoarding & the Silent Victims of ASB

Raising awareness of the environment people who hoard live in, explore the relationship with antisocial behaviour and the stigma attached to the condition.

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