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Hoarding Facts

HOARDING What is Hoarding? Compulsive hoarding or "Hoarding Disorder" is a recognised mental disorder featured in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition). It is defined as "a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them" Who Does It Affect? 6.3 million 1.28 million Research has shown that up to 2% of the population may be suffering from compulsive hoarding. That's an astounding 6.3 million people in the US and 1.28 million people in the UK. OCD Commonly considered to be a type of OCD, it is estimated that as many as 1 in 4 people with OCD also suffer from compulsive hoarding. It is usually present from the teenage years but gets worse after the age of 40. The average age of those seeking treatment for hoarding is about 50. Symptoms: Excessive attachment to possessions, including discomfort in letting others touch or borrow them or distress at the idea of letting an item go Shame or Persistent embarrassment inability to part with any possession, regardless of its value Difficulty managing daily activities because of procrastination and trouble with making decisions Limited or Acquiring no social interactions unneeded or seemingly useless items, such as trash or napkins from a restaurant Letting food or trash build up to unusually excessive, unsanitary levels Cluttered living spaces, making areas of the home unusable for the intended purpose, such as not being able to cook in the kitchen or use the bathroom to bathe Why do Hoarders Hoard? The items have They believe these items will be needed or have value They feel safer when surrounded by the things they save important emotional significance - serving as a reminder of happier times or representing beloved people or pets in the future What are the Effects? Severe clutter threatens the health and safety of those living in or near the home, potentially causing. Structural Damage Health Death Fire Problems Some Examples Hoarding can lead to expensive and emotionally devastating evictions or other court actions that can cause hospitalizations or homelessness. Conflict with family members and friends who are frustrated and concerned about the state of the home and the hoarding behaviors. Bibliomania Syllogomania (Trash (Book/Information Hoarding) Hoarding) Larder Hoarding (Food) Shopaholics Types of Hoarders ......... Animal Collectors Hoarding Recyclers Famous Hoarders Collyer Brothers Edith Bouvier Beale Edmund Trebus Well-off members of Manhattan's elite, the Edith and her mother were former New York socialites who spent their days holed up in their decrepit mansion. Edmund's house was featured in a UK TV documentary. The majority of his junk was acquired from his neighbours' trash. brothers withdrew from society after their parents' death in the 1920s. Items found: Items found: Items found: X-Ray Machine Piles of Garbage Tree Stump For Sale Horse Jawbone Animal Waste For Sale Signs Old Newspapers Live Raccoons A Mortuary Table Ida Mayfield Wood Bettina Grossman Ida became wealthy after marrying a New York publisher. In 1907, the As artist-in-residence at New York's Chelsea Hotel, Bettina amassed an entire lifetime of her work at her financial crash led to her apartment after losing increased paranoia and she withdrew from society. most of her work in a fire. Items found: Items found: %$4 $1 Million in Cash Paintings Diamond Necklaces Sculptures $10k $10,000 on Her Person Films & Photos Hoarding Statistics: 75% 75% of hoarders engage in excessive buying FREE SAMPLE 50% of hoarders excessively acquire free items 15% 15% acknowledge their behaviour is irrational 42% 45% 10% 42% 45% of hoarders blocked access to their fridge, 42% the sink, 42% the bathtub and 10% the toilet. Animal Hoaders 78% 78% of animal hoader homes of animal hoarders are heavily littered with garbage 250K It's likely that up to 250,000 animals per year are victims of hoarding 45% 45% of animal hoarders have profuse urine or faeces in their living spaces Sources: www.mayoclinic.org | www.ocfoundation.org | mentalfloss.com www.nytimes.com | www.hoarders.com BINGHAM STORAGE www.binghamselfstorage.co.uk SELF

Hoarding Facts

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We've discovered that most of us, at some point in our lives have displayed hoarding behaviours. We did some research on hoarding and collected loads of data and astonishing figures about hoarding and...

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