hoarding as we all know is a delicate issue to discuss and very difficult to comprehend but from my understanding I will say it is a pattern of a behavior that caused by excessive acquisition and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that would seemingly qualify as useless or without any values because it is not serving a reliable purpose. There are different kinds of hoarding such as compulsive hoarding, book hoarding, animal hoarding e.t.c.
It is not clear if hoarding is an isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. The behavior is more in adults, and is greater in older adults than younger groups, in men versus women. The factors associated with this disorder includes, depending on alcohol as well as loss of loved ones especially due to death or divorce which could lead to loneliness which might make some people take solace in hoarding, and obsessive-compulsive traits. People who have suffered an emotional trauma or a brain injury often find house cleaning a very difficult task, thereby turning their house to “garbage Can”.
The effect could be health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. It can prevent typical uses of space to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the person involved or others at risk, especially risk of fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns
Doris, lived with her 2 children and she described her current behavior as a ‘small problem that mushroomed or arose’ many years ago, along with corresponding marital difficulties and problems. With the exception of the bathroom, none of the rooms in the house could easily be used for their intended purpose. Entry to the house was through the garage and the kitchen. Hoarding could be very bad if allowed.