A car is a big part of anyone’s life. For Reuben Waller, it’s a massive part. He owns a lot on Old York Road in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. Nothing out of the ordinary so far – except he filled his property with more than 150 vehicles over the years. You might be tempted to think the man collected fine classics. In reality, the so-called “collection” consisted entirely of junk cars. So, for all intends and purposes, it was nothing but a junkyard.
Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is something that can affect not only the person suffering from it but the people around them too.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) defines hoarding as “the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” By now, we’re sure you’ve heard about (or even met) many types of hoarders. Car hoarding is another title for the collection of a vast number of vehicles by one individual.
How does hoarding affect families?
Being the family member of a person with hoarding disorder (HD) can be very stressful. For those family members who live with the person with HD. Such as a partner, child, sibling or dependent parent, living among the extreme clutter can cause a lot of physical and emotional difficulties. These same difficulties can also be present for family members who do not live with the person with HD. All families affected by HD may experience friction and tension as a result.
A major area of conflict arises when the hoarding results in a loss of usable living space. Especially in shared areas. Another area of conflict is the financial strain that can result from excessive shopping in order to get more things, and the possible need to get storage facilities.
A third area of conflict can happen when the individual with HD “claims” parts of the home as their own. They may take it over with hoarded items and control how the space is used. And finally, conflict can arise if family members get so frustrated with the hoarding that they attempt to clean or organise the home themselves. The person with HD may feel deceived or violated by this action, and it can lead to arguments and loss of trust within the family.
Read on to find out more about Ruben Waller’s story…
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