Great Yarmouth blaze: Coroner warns of hoarding risks

Great Yarmouth blaze: Coroner warns of hoarding risks

A coroner examining the death of a compulsive shopper who died in a blaze in her cluttered flat has warned of the risks of hoarding. Yasmin Siddiqi, 41, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, died on 26 October 2018. Assistant Coroner Simon Milburn ruled her death was an accident caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. He said the risks of smoking in her cluttered home should “have triggered actions”. Norfolk County Council has yet to comment. The inquest was told that Ms Siddiqi had suffered mental health problems for more than 20 years and had been under the care of adult social

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The rising of hoarding disorder – what has been causing it?

The rising of hoarding disorder - what has been causing it?

Rising of Hoarding The rising of hoarding disorder is something that is slowly becoming more known. Reality TV doesn’t need to do much to sensationalise hoarding. They showcase “goat paths” hacked between mounds of newspapers, greasy pizza cartons, bills, checks, mustard packets, broken gadgets, old T-shirts, and stained Tupperware. But many hoarders don’t see their behaviour as disordered, and psychology didn’t either—at first. In 2013, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the holy book of psychiatric diagnoses, was revised to list severe hoarding as a disorder in its own right. To meet the diagnostic criteria, someone must have

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Brexit theory amid mystery hoarding rise in Darlington

Brexit theory amid mystery hoarding rise in Darlington

Brexit Theory Due to Brexit a significant rise in the number of problem hoarders could be linked to the huge uncertainties surrounding Brexit, it has been claimed. Darlington’s council has been told that authorities were examining why there had been a surge in issues. This mainly relates to people collecting unmanageable amounts of clutter in their homes. While the extent of the issue remains to be identified, senior officers stated there is a clear rise in the compulsive collecting. Action was being taken to try and challenge the behaviour. It creates big health and safety risks for the individuals and

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Ottawa’s Elaine Birchall has written the book on hoarding

Ottawa's Elaine Birchall has written the book on hoarding

Ottawa Social Worker Ottawa social worker Elaine Birchall can tell you all about people who keep way too much stuff, how you’ll know if you’re one of them and what to do about it. There are a lot of misconceptions about hoarding, starting with the one that those who hoard are survivors of the Depression or other deep deprivation. Not true, says Birchall. While there is such as thing as “adaptive hoarding” — people who acquire and save things because they know they’ll need them — the other kind is “maladaptive” or compulsive hoarding. Whatever that person intended to do

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Common Misconceptions of Hoarding – What they actually mean

Common Misconceptions of Hoarding - What they actually mean

Common Misconceptions Misconceptions within hoarding are becoming increasingly common. To have a better understanding of hoarding, it’s important to first understand what it is. Let’s look at the definition. Hoarding is when “someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. The items can be of little or no monetary value.” When you understand this, it can be easy to fall into some of the common misconceptions associated with hoarding. One of the first misconceptions is that hoarding is associated with either having gone through the Great Depression or

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Artists as Hoarders – the collections that get bigger and bigger

Artists as Hoarders - the collections that get bigger and bigger

Artists as hoarders Artists are bound to collect stuff. After all, how can you create art without lots of paint, paper, canvas, clay, stone, metal, fabric, thread, and yarn? But how much stuff? Has your textile stash migrated into every part of the house because one closet won’t hold it all? Is your garage so packed with recycled materials for assemblage that you can’t park your car in there? Do you have any space left for yet another bin of plastic pieces in the barn? If you’re already wondering whether you’re a hoarder, rest assured that I won’t be visiting

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Stuff and more stuff – Consumerism reaches all time high

Stuff and more stuff - Consumerism reaches all time high

Stuff Humans love stuff. In modern society there is an innate desire to collect, give and receive endless items. For some this means purchasing more and more space to store all these items. We put things in closets, basements, garages. And attics. Drawers, boxes, and containers. Shelves, cabinets, and tables. Stuff-holders. Purses, back-packs, and bags—we like to take stuff with us. Since it’s now easier than ever to gather items, it’s easier to give and receive. We give out for birthdays, Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, holidays. Any chance we have to celebrate can also be linked with stuff. Sometimes we

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Digital hoarding: How to know when is enough is enough?

Digital hoarding: How to know when is enough is enough?

Digital Hoarding Digital hoarding is something of a rising trend in modern society. As storage on mobile devices increases, so too does the number of apps, photos and videos that people are holding on to. Nur Izzaty Shaifullizan has almost 20,000 photos and videos on her smartphone. She has two external hard disks, one which has already reached its 1TB capacity. Another has almost hit the 500GB mark. On top of that, she subscribes to a 50GB Cloud storage service at $1.30 a month. This is an extraordinarily large amount of data of one person to keep. For example, if

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6 Tips For Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Family Hoarder

6 Tips For Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Family Hoarder

Tips for afterwards Looking for tips and advice after losing someone close to you is only natural. Losing a loved one is hard in itself. But when that person was a hoarder, managing grief while sorting through mountains of stuff is even more challenging. Ashley Eneriz is someone who has had to experience this situation. In 2015 she lost her Grandmother and therefore had to deal with the aftermath. In her words, it was a “difficult, painful and exhausting.” Her Grandmother had lived in a one-bedroom California apartment only 10 miles from her house. She therefore thought taking care of

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Woman tragically found dead in worst home ever seen by authorities

Woman tragically found dead in worst home ever seen by authorities

Tragically passed away A woman was tragically found dead after living in conditions described as the worst ever seen by the authorities. Donna Bettley, 42, was found dead in the home she shared with her sister and father. It was described as a “grim and a distressing sight”. Rubbish was piled up inside the house, the ceiling downstairs had collapsed as a result of a burst pipe and Miss Bettley’s bed was covered in mould and rotting faeces. Her father was arrested on suspicion of neglect after she was found dead inside the property in Thorntondale Drive, Bridlington. However the

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