Hoarding Research Papers

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Compulsive hoarding “I’ve always had trouble throwing things away. Magazines, newspapers, old clothes… What if I need them one day? I don’t want to risk throwing something out that might be valuable. The large piles of stuff in our house keep growing so it’s difficult to move around and sit or eat together as a family. My husband is upset and embarrassed, and we get into horrible fights. I’m scared when he threatens to leave me. My children won’t invite friends over, and I feel guilty that the clutter makes them cry. But I get so anxious when I try to throw anything away. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, and I don’t know what to do.” Hoarding is clinical syndrome that affects millions of people across the United States. This disorder can have devastating consequences not only for the individual struggling with this condition but also to those close to them and the community. Clutter in the homes of people with hoarding problems is extremely disorganized resulting in unhealthy and hazardous living conditions. Individuals with compulsive hoarding problems show lack of awareness of the severity of their behavior. They deny the problem, resist help that is offered to them, and fail to follow through with treatments. Contemporary definitions of hoarding differ from latter definitions.…show more content…
My perception of the people who are affected by it was that they were selfish and greedy, and that they had no purpose in life. I felt sorry for their love ones, especially the children, as I thought they were “victims” of their parent’s horrible choices in life. Although my perceptions might not be totally wrong, I failed to look into the deeper prospective of things what might be causing this disorder? As I did my research, I found myself in awe and disbelief of how bad this can affect a person, and equally important, those who are close to them- parents, spouses, children, and
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