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“How to confront a hoarder and a glimpse at the mental anguish torturing them”

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This October 6, 2014 article on the Lehigh Valley Live website talks about a few basic do’s and don’ts to approaching someone about a possible hoarding issue they may have.

“Hoarding reclassification shines light on disorder”

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This July 14, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article talks about Hoarding and what is being done in Allegheny County to try to help those with this disorder.  The article points out that they don’t believe that the number of cases involving hoarding is increasing, but rather that there is an increased awareness and attention being made into the disorder that poses health and safety risks not only to the person with the hoarding disorder, but also to anyone who may need to enter the home in the event of an emergency like a fire or medical emergency.  The article also points out that hoarding is an illness it is not that the people with this condition are lazy, they have an illness.  This, in my mind suggests that the people with a hoarding disorder, should be treated with respect and dignity just like anyone with any other type of illness would expect to be treated, no matter how difficult it is to not treat them with disgust, they are people first and that is where the focus needs to be …. on the person.  I feel that if you treat the person, then the other stuff will fall into place over time, but if you jump in and start treating symptoms first and not treating the person, it becomes a cycle where the person is less receptive to help and feels like their world is out of control.

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When problems pile up: Hoarding a tough problem to solve”

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This June 23, 2013 article on the Reading Eagle website talks about some of the issues surrounding hoarding, not just the health and safety issues to the person who hoards, but also the cost to communities that have to clean up a home that a person who hoards has moved out of.   This particular article focuses on a multi-agency task force in Berks County, but they hope that by raising awareness about hoarding they can maybe help those who do hoard and encourage them to find the motivator within them-self to see there is a problem and feel like they have a reason to change it.

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