Hoarder Cleanout Services in Hickory
Many of us recall reading in the media about a lonely hoarder person who was found dead under piles of newspapers or boxes in their home. For many people, this is a tragic reality rather than the stuff of gossip tabloids with outrageous headlines. Hoarding disorder is now considered a separate mental illness in the Association’s latest version.
According to an article in the Washington Post,
“Studies show that compulsive hoarding affects up to 6 percent of the population, or 19 million Americans, and it has been found to run in families. The rate is twice that of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the condition under which hoarding was listed until 2013 in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible of the American Psychiatric Association.”
Hoarding disorder is now considered a separate mental illness in the Association’s latest version.
Hoarding isn’t caused by our American culture of consumption and buying things, even though the tendency to accumulate stuff is. Recently, social workers, psychologists, fire marshals, and public health officials have become increasingly concerned about this issue.
Mental health experts caution that hoarding differs from simply living in a cluttered environment. Having a messy house and being a “pack rat” is not a sign of compulsive hoarding behavior, which is good news for many of us.
There is a difference between degree and compulsion. Individuals with hoarding disorders may experience emotional, physical, social, financial and legal problems.
In spite of this, it is still possible for otherwise mentally and emotionally healthy people to accumulate, store, and keep far more things than they need.
If a home becomes cluttered and crowded, it can be unsafe, difficult to keep clean, and contribute to a long list of issues associated with clutter and crowded spaces.
Some people find that “getting rid of some stuff” can be similar to a full house cleanout, or a hoarder cleanout as we sometimes call it.
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In order to distinguish between being overwhelmed with too much junk and clutter, and suffering from an actual mental condition of compulsive hoarding, it’s imperative that you are capable of making the decision to get rid of it.
In the Washington Post story we mentioned previously, Michael Tompkins, a San Francisco psychologist and author of “Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring,” is quoted.
Many people with hoarding do not seek treatment. They are unaware of the consequences of the condition or that it affects other people in their apartment building.
The rest of us look around and realize we have to clear out our homes of the clutter and junk that is taking up so much space. As a result, we know when to hire junk removal services.
There is more to decluttering than simply calling a junk removal service.
There is no such thing as junk, and not everything needs to be thrown away. It is therefore necessary to unstacked, sort, separate, and categorize a large amount of data. In order to decide what will stay and what must go, some difficult decisions must be made.
For items that are designated as “needs to go,” a decision should be made as to what can be gifted or donated, and what is truly only suitable for the junk removal service.
It is not possible for everyone to make these decisions or distinctions, regardless of their mental or emotional health. People are often afflicted by a mild yet debilitating inability to “let go” of things or they are just deeply resistant to giving up anything.
The decluttering phase of the cleaning project can be incredibly helpful and liberating when it is assisted by a trusted friend or family member.
Taking care of large amounts of junk removal can be challenging because not everyone has a truck. The garbage bin isn’t going to suffice when there’s far too much stuff to throw away.
“You’re going to need a bigger boat,” the man said in the famous movie.
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