It takes time, patience, and understanding to treat someone struggling with a hoarding disorder. Not only is the person suffering from the poor living conditions and feeling of abandonment, but the families and people involved with that person suffer from not knowing how to approach the situation, or not knowing who to turn to in these situations.
Bio-One of St Paul specialists are prepared to tackle hoarding situations with a caring, compassionate, and understanding team of professionals who can help victims and families restore houses to a safe, clean environment and a fresh perspective on life. Hoarding scenarios are dangerous, as the accumulation of clutter and waste makes it impossible to carry on with the easiest daily activities like cooking, bathing, and cleaning.
What is Hoarding Disorder?
When a person has constant difficulty with discarding and giving away possessions, and they feel a need to keep every little item, regardless of the value, that’s when hoarding disorder is affecting the person’s life. Hoarders tend to have a different perception of things, for them is a more emotional value, and the idea of parting with them causes them stress and anxiety.
Hoarding, which was recognized as a mental health disorder by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, usually affects people over 60 years and above, who might also be dealing with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ODC), and schizophrenia. A diagnosis from mental health professionals is of utmost importance to better understand the condition and treat it effectively.
There is not a specific cause for hoarding disorder
It’s not clear what triggers a hoarding disorder, but there are multiple risk factors that come into place and have been associated with hoarding. These risk factors include:
-Family history of mental health conditions: Hoarding disorder is usually associated with other mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ODC), and schizophrenia.
-A traumatic life event: People who had gone through traumatic situations like losing a loved one, a pet, a romantic separation, divorce, or even something that they might have perceived as too valuable may trigger a hoarding disorder. For them, hoarding might be a way of holding on to that person or that event.
-Showing symptoms at an early age: Hoarding symptoms may appear in teens and may become stronger as they grow older. Compulsive buying, indecisiveness, signs of stress… these personality elements may turn into a hoarding disorder in the future. Hence the importance of diagnosis and help from professionals.
Hoarding poses multiple hazardous situations for victims. The buildup of items and possessions creates harmful, noxious spaces. Fire hazards, accidental falls, risk of infections, and diseases are just a few of the common hazards associated with hoarding.
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Hoarding scenarios must be approached with deep care and compassion. If you or someone you love is struggling with hoarding disorder, let Bio-One of St Paul specialists help you. During these situations, our goal is to make sure the victim trusts us to take care of their belongings, and let us handle anything that might result in injuries and biohazards. Restoring the place to a safe, living condition will have a positive impact on people who, with the right treatment, will gain a new perspective on life and their possessions.
If you ever need cleaning and disinfecting your house from clutter and waste, let Bio-One of St Paul help you. We serve the Greater Minnesota - St Paul area: Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Mounds View, New Brighton North Oaks, North Saint Paul, Oakdale, Roseville, Saint Anthony, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, and surrounding communities.
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