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Negatives Of Hoarding

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Author and self-described hoarder, Nicole Krauss, once claimed, At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived (2016). There is no doubt, when walking into a person's home, you learn more about them than you could ever tell by looking at the person themselves. According to PsychCentral (2016), Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the United States. They also claim that the compulsion to hoard often starts during childhood or the teen years, but does not usually become severe until adulthood.…show more content…
In order to examine the negative effects on hoarding further, one must look into the effects on health, family, and social life. According to the Hoarding Cleanup Nationwide Directory (2013), there are six classifications of hoarding: Syllogomania, Bibliomania, Animal Hoarder, Food Hoarder, Recycler, and Collector. Syllogomania is a type of hoarding where their environment is full of trash, with very little or no meaningful value at all and the home is often impossible to maneuver though. The Bibliomania is one who hoards books, magazines, and newspapers. These papers are mostly ones they hope to read in the future, but probably never will. The Animal Hoarder is more common than others, this person is one who hoards animals. Animal hoarding is broken down into three categories: the overwhelmed caregiver, the rescue hoarder, and the selfish hoarder. The number of animals in one's care does not matter, it is solely based off the care the animals are receiving. The food hoarder is also a common classification. A food hoarder is one who commonly doesn’t pay attention to expiration dates in hopes of not being wasteful, but in reality, they are still being wasteful because they are unable to consume the food
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