How is hoarding to be prevented?


Key points in bold.

Hoarding doesn't need to be prevented. At least, not yet. See this answer for a solid argument: How does hoarding hurt Bitcoin?

Bitcoin attracts hoarding by design. To change that would turn it into something else.

As Bitcoin matures, I expect that it will remain a problem that speculative trading brings instability to the market, similar to the gold market. If you put your retirement savings into gold, you'll likely do quite nicely, but there's also a significant chance you'll lose most of it in a price crash. It's not a reliable store of value. Even if you have several years you can wait for the value to come back up, you may still lose out.

Even though bitcoins are more efficient to trade than gold and cheaper to store, it's subject to the same volatility when traders manipulate it. The more popularity Bitcoin has, the bigger the traders will be that take an interest in it, like they do in gold. This could mean that when Bitcoin is...

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Acknowledge how the hoarding makes you feel.

It is reasonable to feel annoyed, frustrated or overwhelmed by clutter in your life, especially where you have no control over its growth. At the same time, while your feelings are important, they must be balanced with compassion. Your parents aren't doing this to hurt you––they may very well not even grasp how much their hoarding impacts you. By understanding that hoarding is a compulsive disorder, you can see that it isn't directed at you personally. For your own sake, remind yourself that dealing with this is about finding ways to cope rather than taking it out on yourself.

Be alert to the ways the hoarding impacts you, such as isolating you from friends, causing shame and preventing you from having privacy. Your feelings are legitimate and deserving of attention too; take care not to submerge your needs in caring for your needy parents. Don't get mad if your parents hoard––anger won't solve anything. You cannot "make" someone...
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Hoarding was first brought to Americans’ attention in a big way by the sad case of the reclusive Collyer brothers of Harlem. After their death in 1947, their home was discovered to be crammed with over 100 tons of a huge variety of stuff, including tens of thousands of books, old food, family heirlooms, and eight cats. Langley Collyer was crushed by his own belongings when he inadvertently activated one of the booby traps he had set in the brownstone; his brother Homer, already in ill health, died soon after of starvation as Langley could no longer bring him meals.

Today, extreme hoarding behavior is featured on TV shows like “Hoarders” on A&E and “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC. If you’ve watched these shows, you’ve probably felt fascinated by their depictions of people who, despite facing eviction and other serious consequences, just can’t seem to part with their enormous piles of papers, collectibles, and even trash. Usually, the fascination arises either because you...

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Although it’s a term many use lightly, it can be a true mental health disorder. One that can put a large strain on your life, especially your finances.

Here’s what you need to know about how this disorder can keep anyone suffering from it deep in debt.

What is a hoarder, really?

While most people have referred to hoarding before (usually in jest), it is a serious illness.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) defines hoarding as “the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.”

At first glance, this can sound like any of us sometimes. So how can you really tell whether someone suffers from a hoarding disorder?

The International OCD Foundation has a useful fact sheet on hoarding that says that while collectors seek to organize and display their things, hoarders do not. A few helpful facts about compulsive hoarding include:

A hoarder collects and...
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Asked if he would be willing to share his hard-earned knowledge with others in the company before he retired, the engineer laughed. “Why would I do that?” he asked. “First off, I don’t owe this company anything more. I’ve given 35 years to this outfit, and I hope they miss me when I’m gone. Or,” he added with a bit of a twinkle, “hire me back at double pay as a consultant.”

There we had it in one concise capsule: a few of the reasons why retirees refuse to share their experience-based, business-critical knowledge — what we call deep smarts. By definition, those deep smarts are still valuable to the organization and underlie future as well as current success. They may be technical, as in the engineering example, but they can also be managerial, as when an experienced manager has hard-earned skills in problem identification and solution, crucial relationships with customers, or a detailed understanding of how to innovate.

If such knowledge leaves with retirees, it may...

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9 tips to help with hoarding.

No one intentionally decides to become a hoarder. The American Psychiatric Association describes it as a mental disorder -- one characterized by the strong, compulsive need to hold onto possessions, independent of their value or worth, as well as feelings of distress if items are discarded.

Despite the overwhelming behavior associated with hoarding, you can eliminate or greatly reduce the behavior. If you or someone you love has a hoarding problem, consider consulting a professional for support and follow these self-help steps.

Getting to the Bottom of the Piles

1. Demonstrate a Desire to Change
"The hoarder has to have the will to change, first and foremost," says Laurie Palau, founder of the Pennsylvania-based organizing firm, simply B organized. While not all hoarding is preceded by emotional trauma, many hoarders begin manifesting the behavior after some sort of life crisis. "Identify the source of the pain,...

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Hoarding—sometimes called compulsive hoarding—is a mental health condition that causes people to collect large quantities of objects. This clutter often interferes with healthy functioning and normal use of one's home and can have a negative impact on one's quality of life and/or relationships with others. When a person who hoards is ready to de-clutter, a mental health professional may be able to offer support and assistance.

Understanding Hoarding

People who hoard may collect a wide variety of things. They do not only collect junk or garbage; in fact, some of those who hoard may intentionally buy items to collect, sometimes finding themselves in debt as a result. Sometimes the hoarding is limited to a specific type of object such as dolls, baseball cards, old computer parts, or clothing. In other cases, those who hoard might collect random items they come into contact with, valuable items such as jewelry, items they think may be useful in the future, or items that...

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Hoarding is more than just having lots of things. It's a specific type of behavior that can have severe impact on a person's life.

What Is Hoarding?

Compulsive or pathological hoarding is a problematic behavior characterized by:

acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others, such as old magazines, containers, clothes, books, junk mail, receipts, notes or lists
severe cluttering of the person's home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space.
significant distress or impairment of work or social life

Who Does Hoarding Affect?

About 15% of people with OCD report compulsive hoarding as their primary symptom, with many others listing it as a secondary symptom. Hoarding can also occur in people with a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, such as impulse control disorders or tic disorders.

Hoarding is rare. While it usually begins in childhood, it...

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Self-Help Tips & Techniques
San Francisco Bay Area Internet Guide for Extreme Hoarding Behavior
Supported by Peninsula Community Services, Inc

an interview with Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H, Director of the Johns Hopkins

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Jack Samuels, Ph.D.,

an Assistant Professor Samuels ..........says that hoarding belongs to a

syndrome which also includes:

Indecisiveness Perfectionism Procrastination Avoidance behaviors Difficulty organizing tasks

Dr. Nestadt offers six anti-clutter strategies for compulsive hoarders:

Make immediate decisions about mail and newspapers. Go through mail and newspapers on the day you receive them and throw away unwanted materials immediately. Don’t leave anything to be decided on later. Think twice about what you allow into your home. Wait a couple of days after seeing a new item before you buy...
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From the New England Hoarding Consortium Spring 2007 Newsletter:

To help us learn more about how hoarding affects loved ones, 793 family members and friends of people who hoard provided us with information.

Of these participants, the largest portion, 44% were children of people who hoard; 21% were spouses or partners, 12% were siblings, 4% were parents, and 20% had other relationships (friend, grandchild, other). On average, family members in this study rated the person who hoards as having limited insight into the severity of their hoarding, and more than half described the person as either having poor or no insight. People who lived with a person who hoards during their childhood years reported being significantly more embarrassed about their home, having fewer visitors, experiencing more strain in their relationship with their parents, and having a more unhappy childhood than did people who did not grow up in a hoarding home. Most family members reported arguing...

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May 2012

Hoarding is a growing problem for associations because of the increased risk of fire in multi–family buildings like condos.

What obligation—and right—do you have to regularly inspect your association's units for dangers that would prevent first–responders from doing their job in an emergency? Here we discuss best practices to prevent hoarding.

Delicate HOA Problem

"The hoarding concern is a new issue in terms of public awareness, and the consideration of what that means in a condo building hasn't been undertaken by a lot of boards," says Matthew A. Drewes, a partner at Thomsen & Nybeck PA in Edina, Minn., who represents associations. "When you're talking to someone and asking to, in their mind, snoop around and evaluate how they live, it's a really touchy circumstance. But it's definitely worth thinking about."

It's also a difficult issue because it may implicate mental health issues. "Very often, you're dealing with someone with a mental...

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Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder,[1] is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment.[2] Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members.[3] When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space, enough so that it can limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also put the individual and others at risk of fires, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.[4] Compulsive hoarders may be aware of their irrational behavior, but the emotional attachment to the hoarded objects far exceeds the motive to discard the items.

Researchers have only recently begun to study...

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By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Compulsive hoarding is a psychiatric condition characterized by inability to dispose of excess or unused things up until the point where the belongings are choking up the patient’s living space.

For example, the person may be unable to access rooms, bathroom or even his or her bed due to the excessive clutter of the hoarded items. (1)

Symptoms of compulsive hoarding

Hoarding commonly manifests as a house over full with stuff.

Hoarders often have logic behind collecting unused items. Like animals storing food for winter or farmers storing provisions and seeds for rough times the hoarders believe they would use the stored items someday.

As time progresses the hoarding cramps their living space so much so that they are unable to move about freely in the house.

However, moving even single items, will elicit panic from the hoarder.

The hoarder considers his or her house as a storage facility and would rather escape...

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two deaths in a fire in Westfield over the weekend could have been prevented.

There were no smoke detectors in the home, and Westfield Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Egglof told 22News that clutter throughout the home at 40 Park Street made it difficult for firefighters to get through.

Neighbors told 22News that 40 Park Street is one of two properties on the street where hoarding has been an issue.

The Westfield Building Department confirmed there had been violations at 40 Park Street in the past, and one neighbor said they’ve filed multiple complaints over the last six years with the city over hoarding concerns at another home just a few houses down.

The neighbors did not want to speak on camera, but area residents said hoarding can come with safety concerns.

Westfield resident Jean Zercher told 22News, “They could trip, you know they could get hurt. Beause I have a neighbor on the first floor that does that. Goes into the...

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Lifestyle and home remedies

In addition to professional treatment, here are some steps you can take to help care for yourself:

Stick to your treatment plan. It's hard work, and it's normal to have some setbacks over time. But treatment can help you feel better about yourself, improve your motivation and reduce your hoarding. Accept assistance. Local resources, professional organizers and loved ones can work with you to make decisions about how best to organize and unclutter your home and to stay safe and healthy. It may take time to get back to a safe home environment, and help is often needed to maintain organization around the home. Reach out to others. Hoarding can lead to isolation and loneliness, which in turn can lead to more hoarding. If you don't want visitors in your house, try to get out to visit friends and family. Support groups for people with hoarding disorder can let you know that you are not alone and help you learn about your behavior and resources....
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Transitioning a parent to senior living is already difficult; but dealing with a parent who is a hoarder can really test a family’s sanity. Unfortunately, Diogenes Syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome, is more common than you might think.

From simple justifications to sentimental reasons, things can really add up when someone has a hoarding disorder. Aging can also bring on elderly hoarding and Diogenes Syndrome. Learn more from these tips on how to deal with elderly hoarding.

Elderly Hoarding: When Your Parent is a Hoarder

Many families are dealing with loved ones and parents who were hoarders. Sometimes, forms of frontal lobe impairment and dementia can bring on elderly hoarding, which is characterized by:

ApathyCompulsive hoardingDomestic squalorLack of shameSelf-neglectSocial withdrawal

According to the American Geriatrics Society, living alone for long periods of time with a lack of cognitive stimulation, a genetic predisposition to the...

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It is estimated that one to two million people in North America are living in so much clutter that they can barely walk through their homes, or find a place to sit or a surface to rest a plate. Although it is not classified as a separate disorder in the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), compulsive hoarding is a debilitating condition that can destroy relationships and tear families apart. Statistics show that 15-30% of individuals diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) also exhibit hoarding tendencies. Recently, studies have also shown that individuals who have both OCD and exhibit hoarding symptoms were more likely to have experienced at least one traumatic life event in comparison to those with OCD alone, suggesting that the act of compulsive shopping and the obsessive need to collect and keep material objects may serve as a coping mechanism for grief, loss or posttraumatic stress.

Dr. Jessica Grisham of...

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), formerly considered a type of anxiety disorder, is now regarded as a unique condition. It is a potentially disabling illness that traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and behaviors. People with OCD are plagued by recurring and distressing thoughts, fears, or images (obsessions) they cannot control. The anxiety (nervousness) produced by these thoughts leads to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines (compulsions). The compulsive rituals are performed in an attempt to prevent the obsessive thoughts or make them go away.

Although the ritual may temporarily alleviate anxiety, the person must perform the ritual again when the obsessive thoughts return. This OCD cycle can progress to the point of taking up hours of the person's day and significantly interfering with normal activities. People with OCD may be aware that their obsessions and compulsions are senseless or unrealistic, but they cannot stop them.

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A 79-year-old woman recently died in a fire at her Washington, DC, row house when "pack rat conditions" prevented firefighters from reaching her in time.1 A few days later, 47 firefighters from 4 cities spent 2 hours fighting a fire in a Southern California home before they were able to bring it under control. Floor-to-ceiling clutter had made it nearly impossible for them to enter the house.2

In its severe forms, compulsive hoarding can lead to fires, unsanitary conditions (eg, rat and roach infestations), broken bones from tripping on clutter, and other health and safety hazards, according to Sanjaya Saxena, MD, director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Much more needs to be known about this disorder, Saxena told Psychiatric Times. "We don't have great epidemiology," he said, "but our estimates are that from 1 to 2 million people in the United States have clinically significant compulsive hoarding symptoms...

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Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.

Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an inability or unwillingness to ...

Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. ... Hoarding: The Basics . Staging an Intervention;

WebMD takes a look at hoarding -- why some people are prone to keeping everything and how to treat the problem.

The main feature of hoarding disorder is a person’s irrational, persistent difficulty in discarding or parting with possessions — regardless of their actual value.

Rummaging, Hiding, and Hoarding Behaviors Persons with dementia experience memory loss, mental confusion, disorientation, impaired judgment and behavioral changes.

When do you need to worry about the mess? Find out the...

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Cory Chalmers, Hoarding Expert on Emmy-Nominated TV Show, A&E’s “Hoarders” & Founder of*

“It was a true honor to work with Steve and Elaine on the “Hoard No More Rescue Kit”. I have a strong passion to help people that suffer from this disorder, and the families are no exception. I appreciate being contacted to be a part of this opportunity and I know that with all of the knowledge acquired for this Kit, many people are going to benefit greatly.
If you want to truly help someone, you must get this online version or have the Books, CDs and DVD mailed to you. The more you know, the more you will be able to accomplish! Give someone the Kit as a gift this year, and show them there is a way to dig out!”

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