What’s Causing the Rise of Hoarding Disorder?

What’s Causing the Rise of Hoarding Disorder?

Rise of Hoarding The rise of hoarding is something we need to find the cause of because it is a growing issue. Certainly TV doesn’t need to do much to sensationalise hoarding. Like rubberneckers at a traffic accident, we gaze in horror at “goat paths” hacked between mounds of newspapers, greasy pizza cartons, bills, cheques, mustard packets, broken gadgets, old T-shirts, and stained Tupperware. Crawling with rodents and cockroaches, covered in mildew, mould, and bacteria, these mounds are a fire hazard (according to one study, they cause 24 percent of all avoidable fire deaths) and a fall hazard. They build a

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Why it pays to organise and declutter your digital life

Why it pays to organise and declutter your digital life

Digital Hoarding Our digital lives are increasing and expanding day by day. I’m sure we all have an email account with a few thousand emails and pictures on our phones totalling similar numbers. With the storage capacity of our devices increasing with every upgrade and cloud storage plans costing peanuts, it might not seem like a problem to hold on to thousands of emails, photos, documents and various other digital belongings. But emerging research on digital hoarding – a reluctance to get rid of the digital clutter we accumulate through our work and personal lives – suggests that it can

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Self Storage – The people with more stuff than they have room for

Self Storage - The people with more stuff than they have room for

The rise of self storage Self storage has soared in popularity recently as people are cramming more stuff into smaller places. As the prices for housing soars it is becoming increasingly difficult to get decent living space. For some people the solution is self storage. While it’s not convenient, self storage offers a place for people to store their items securely. Normally storage units would be filled temporarily with household items. They are used mostly when people need a temporary storage solution during significant points in their life. This could things such as having a child, getting married, separated, divorced

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How ADHD can link to hoarding and tips for living with hoarding

How ADHD can link to hoarding and tips for living with hoarding

ADD & ADHD Research shows that while many people who are compulsive hoarders have attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), the reverse is not true. People with ADD are not typically hoarders. Nor are they on some kind of disorganisation spectrum that ends up in the mental disorder called hoarding. What gives rise to problematic clutter that can look like hoarding is less-than-stellar executive functioning. Before we look into hoarding further, what exactly is ADD and ADHD? Well they are the same thing, just under different names. Up until 1987 attention-deficit-disorder was known simply as ADD. After 1987, ‘hyper-activity’ was added

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I’m a hoarder and I’m glad that it has been classified as a mental health disorder

I’m a hoarder and I’m glad that it has been classified as a mental health disorder

Hoarding classified The World Health Organisation, WHO, has recently announced that hoarding has been classified as a mental disorder. This has had particular impact for one woman, Laura Horton, who is glad that hoarding has finally been given this classification. Now that hoarding has been officially classified by the WHO, the NHS describes hoarding as: “A hoarding disorder is where 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.” Whilst people who have been suffering from hoarding for years

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The problem of pet hoarding and how it affects people

The problem of pet hoarding and how it affects people

Pet Hoarding Pet hoarding is a growing problem within the hoarding community and it’s one that isn’t well known. As hoarding has recently been classified as a mental health disorder, up 1.2 million UK homes have been affected. Although hoarding can be more commonly associated to older people, this is not always the case. Hoarding can be present within anyone, regardless of age or gender. While it’s not talked as much, pet hoarding is a lot more common than people realise. When you think of hoarding you typically think of lots of materials, such as newspapers, electronics, mugs and other

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A hoarding success story – how Stephanie Evans turned her home around

A hoarding success story - how Stephanie Evans turned her home around

A success story Success stories in hoarding are not as common as we would like them to be. Too often we hear about the negatives of hoarding, and the bad consequences that can sometimes occur as a result. But today is different. Today we get to celebrate the success of Stephanie Evans who managed to turn her home around. When Stephanie appeared on Radio WM on 13/09/18, her home was the complete polar opposite to how it looked 3 years ago. She was even quoted as saying that she would of refused the interview had it been done at that

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‘Buried in Treasures’ program cleans up hoarded homes

'Buried in Treasures' program cleans up hoarded homes

Treasures from birth The eldest child of parents who lived through the Great Depression, Rhonda absorbed values of thrift — along with habits that inevitably led to her stockpiling a pirate’s bounty of clutter, including buttons, zippers, old clothes, scraps of fabric, catalogs, greeting cards, college papers and anything that could be repaired or re-used. “‘Waste not, want not. Take care of what you have, and you’ll never do without. Don’t throw things away because you never know when you’ll need them,’” Rhonda says. “It’s what I learned growing up.” At 69 years old, Rhonda found herself overwhelmed with stuff.

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At 76 years old, she is overcoming a long history of hoarding

At 76 years old, she is overcoming a long history of hoarding

A growing problem Candace, 76, lives alone in the house she designed 50 years ago. Gradually, enthusiastically, and sometimes uncontrollably, she accumulated bargains discovered at thrift stores. They were mostly inexpensive clothes too good to pass up, and presents she thought would be perfect for people in her life. But she seldom got around to cutting the tags off, or giving away the items. The ritual of acquiring and stockpiling took on a life of its own. That was until her home became impossible to navigate, her oven turned into a storage place, and her kitchen became unusable. The whole

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When possessions are poor substitutes for people: Hoarding & Loneliness

When possessions are poor substitutes for people: Hoarding & Loneliness

Loving Possessions Children’s possessions are very important during the early stages of life. They allow children to feel a sense of comfort when their parents aren’t nearby. For most people as they get older they have less reliance on these possessions. Rather than relying on possessions for comfort they tend to have a smaller collection which is displayed proudly on a shelf or stored away. For some people though, this is not enough. They rely on possessions in a similar way to children, by holding on to them for long periods of time and placing sentimental value on them. In

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