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How Do I Report A Hoarder?

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If your neighbor has accumulated a number of belongings that feel a bit excessive to you, it can be hard to determine what to do. The first step is to figure out whether they are a collector or a hoarder. This article explains the difference.  Once you’ve determined someone is a hoarder, you may want to report them to an HOA board or property manager. Between landscaping, exterior decor, and architecture, a lot goes into

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The Psychology of Hoarding

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Hoarding is defined by Mayo Clinic as, “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.” Over time, the house of a hoarder becomes fully packed with belongings. Items are stacked from the floor to the ceiling, there are only narrow areas of empty space used as walkways, and in some cases, even the toaster oven or kitchen cabinets can be filled with possessions.  How does this happen?

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Help for a Hoarder Near Me

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Are you a neighbor or family member of someone living in the Frederick, Maryland area who has hoarding disorder? In previous posts, we’ve discussed the life-threatening dangers and biohazards that hoarding can bring to the people or pets living in and around the home, so it’s important to take action as soon as possible. If you are worried about a hoarder but don’t even know where or how to begin to get help, then read

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How to Help a Hoarder

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You have to walk sideways through a maze of stacked books and newspapers to find your way to the living room, where there is barely room to sit down. The stacks cover windows and block hallways, so the space is dark, damp and dusty. Does this sound familiar? You can replace books and newspapers with any word, but if the items take up most of the house and even overflow into the kitchen or bathroom,

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When Loving Something Becomes Too Much

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Some of us may be collectors of certain things such as art, antiques, cups, mugs, stamps, or coins. What gets someone started on deciding to collect certain items could be tied to a family tradition or simply a love for or great interest in the items they collect. Most people who collect things are fascinated by the history around their collections, which they love to organize, display and talk about the first chance they get.

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What is Secondary Trauma?

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Can you imagine walking down the street and encountering someone laying up against a car who has been shot? It would be traumatic! Homicide, suicide, or other tragic accidents can cause as much trauma for those involved as it can for those who are exposed to it. Having these encounters can cause a person to have flashbacks, post-traumatic stress. Not only do these types of events cause stress and anxiety for those who see them,

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The Importance of a Mental Health Professional’s Help in a Hoarding Situation

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Do you have a family member or friend whose home is extremely messy and has an excessive accumulation of certain things? Do they live in such cramped living conditions that their home is filled to capacity, leaving only a very narrow pathway that winds through stacks of clutter? If you see countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are piled with stuff, then your loved one may have a condition known as

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Subtypes of Hoarding Disorders

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In a previous blog, we talked about the difference between collecting and hoarding, and the fine line between the two. As a general rule of thumb, collectors tend to organize and display their collections whereas hoarders do not usually organize or intentionally display their collected items. Some people may describe themselves as “pack rats” i.e., people who like to collect certain items or don’t like to throw them away. Many self-confessed pack rats do not

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The Difference Between Gross Filth and a Hoarded Home

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In a previous blog, we went over the issue of hoarding disorder, which can lead to a very unsanitary, if not filthy, environment. This poses a serious health hazard to anyone living in it, just like gross filth does. Let’s go over the differences between hoarding and gross filth, and how they are connected. Gross Filth vs. Hoarding Gross filth in the environment is typically not only cluttered with hoarded items it also has garbage,

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5 Things to be Grateful for in Your Home that Protect Your Health

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November is traditionally the month associated with pausing to count our blessings. The things that typically come to mind are work, good food, a roof over our head, our family, and our good health. It’s also important to remember the things we have in our life – and our home – that keep us healthy. Everything from cleaning supplies and protective gear to the ways in which we are able keep our air pure and

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