Signs and Symptoms of Being a Hoarder

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While it is perfectly normal for every home to become messy from time to time, the home of a hoarder can be so cluttered that it limits his or her ability to function adequately. In fact, a hoarder may compulsively acquire, purchase and save things that are considered worthless by most people – even if doing so puts their safety or other people’s safety on the line.

Hoarding can have damaging effects. It can bring about a lot of physical, emotional, financial, social and legal implications – both for the hoarder and his or her family members.

Are You a Hoarder? Beware of the Warning Signs

How do you know if you or someone you know is suffering from this condition? Here are some telltale signs that may indicate the problem.

Acquiring items of little or no value, the inability to discard these items, and feeling severe anxiety when discarding them. It is interesting to note that most hoarders collect things such as newspapers, magazines, paper and plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing.

+  Having cluttered living spaces that may impair daily activities. There is basically no place to eat, sleep or cook in a hoarder’s house.

+  Feeling overwhelmed and/or embarrassed by their possessions, and may actually feel uncomfortable when other people see them. However, a hoarder experiences extreme difficulty about organizing and making decisions about the stuff they have accumulated.

+  Forming stronger attachment to things than to people. This situation may ultimately lead to family and/or marital problems and social isolation.

+  Is suspicious of other people touching their possessions. They may even restrict others from touching or borrowing them.


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