According to the Association for the Advancement of Diseases (NAMI) identified disease, about 5% of US patients are affected by pathological hoarding (hoarding disorder – HD or compulsive hoarding) – a disease whose consequences can be much more severe than it seems.
The main pitfall of HD is found in the fact that very often one has to accept this illness, even if she is not aware of her illness. Moreover, some of them are proud.
If the maximum number of selected terms is HD, it will reveal a seizure in the mass of unnecessary things – from banal garbage to a large number of animals.
For example, in the most severe forms of the disorder, a person may have 30 cats or fill up his house with a large spread of junk that you can only move along narrow aisles.
HD should not be confused with thrift, economy, or greed. The disorder refers specifically to the pathological desire to keep a thing that is useless, and without which a person’s life would be dangerous.
It is also wrong to attribute HD to poverty. For example, the USSR does not suffer from hoarding, littering its mezzanines and balconies with all sorts of things. In a poor country with a perpetual deficit, everything accumulated to fit.
The chances of encountering HD are tripled if he:
– Lives alone.
Loners are often obsessed with shopping, which replaces them with communication with living people. With the advent of online shopping, the problem has only worsened. People order goods almost every day and do not think about where they are stored.
Among singles there are many different types: some clutter up housing, others throw out everything that is superfluous and not even superfluous in order to expand the free space.
-It is in the age category from 55 to 94 years.
Many older Americans have been hoarding things all their lives and have not noticed how the pursuit of material things has sharpened HD in them. Retirees often live in houses with junk-filled basements and attics, with large massive furniture, where there are objects that are not felt. Such people have money to buy something new and more comfortable, but they always ask themselves in particular: what to do with the old in case?
Best of all, pathological accumulation (HD) is best known not even by doctors, but by moving workers. They often meet people who are willing to carry a lot of money to transport things to a new place of residence, although they belong in a landfill.
Very old people with HD often grasp that their old junk is an inheritance that will pass on to children and grandchildren. In reality, millennials (born from the early 1980s to the late 1990s) and younger generations are minimalists. They are used to being content with little.
– Strives for perfectionism.
The perverted desire for the ideal often turns into the accumulation of unnecessary things. A person attacks himself, that along with the mountains of rubbish, he himself grows. Therefore, in some cases, unnecessary things are laid out with surgical accuracy. Although in most cases this is the case, you can not put a sign of increased danger between HD and conflict.
– Has one member with HD in the family.
A typical example. scandals across America.
Often, identifying HD manages to “infect” their loved ones with a passion for hoarding. They say that things must be treated with care, or they explain the storage of rubbish by the fact that it is associated with ancestors.
Keeping at home some random chest that takes up half a room, but which “belonged to a beloved great-grandmother” is not a good idea. It can provoke another disorder, which is observed in the permanent copy in the past. Another thing is if the chest is an antique and represents a material flora.
What are the things people with HD tend to hoard most?
First, letters, newspapers, magazines, advertising brochures, catalogues.
Today this rarely happens, since the main source of information is the Internet. However, back in the 1990s, cleaners took away from apartments and houses, residents died / moved tons of paper. There was a case in Manhattan where, after the death of a retiree in 2BDR, it took a supervisor 600 bags to throw out all the newspapers the tenant bought daily within range.
Other people with more responses command respect, but the digital world has changed. The entire budget library fits into a smartphone. Therefore, now endless shelves with books can become a sign of HD.
This is the same problem as with books. People in large numbers store photos in large-sized albums. However, they do not digitize the images in any way.
Fourth, clothes and shoes.
The most variable form of accumulation. Closets are full of old clothes, boots and shoes. The owner knows that he will never wear them again, but he still carefully stores them, the idea of throwing them away is “sorry” and “things can still come in handy.”
Nothing is as satisfying as getting rid of your entire unwanted wardrobe and acquiring a few new items. When there is free space in the cabinets, the mood rises.
Grocery HD is not about long term stockpiling to save food and survive storage (canned food, grains, water, pasta, etc.). the seizure begins initially when you forget before giving up the refrigerator, and it is not known what is in the far tissue of the freezer and that the cheese bought a year ago is moldy. Despite the clogged refrigerator, it seems to you that there is nothing to eat, and expired products can be thrown away “later”.
Make sure that at least one shelf in your refrigerator is always empty. It disciplines.
In general, GB is still a little-studied disorder. Nevertheless, we are sure that there will be more and more people with mental disorders in the United States every year. Therefore, it is necessary to develop increased attention.
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