WHY DO THEY HOARD AND WHAT DO THEY HOARD?
hoarding is a delicate issue to discuss and very difficult to comprehend but from my understanding i will say hoarding is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that would seemingly qualify as useless or without any values.there are different kinds of hoarders e.g.compulsive hoarding,book hoarding,animal hoarding e.t.c.
It is not clear, if hoarding is an isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is rated to be more in adults, and is greater in older adults than younger groups, in men versus women.The factors associated with the disorder include alcohol dependence as well as loss of loved ones especially due to death or divorce, and obsessive-compulsive traits.people who have suffered an emotional trauma or a brain injury often find house cleaning an insurmountable task,thereby turning there house to “garbage Can”.
The effect of hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. hoarding can prevent typical uses of space to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the person or others at risk for fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns
Doris, lived with her 2 children, aged between 1 and 28, and described her current hoarding behavior as a ‘small problem that mushroomed’ many years ago, along with corresponding marital difficulties. with the exception of the bathroom, none of the rooms in the house could easily be used for their intended purpose. Entry to the house was through the garage and the kitchen.