Hoarding: A Problem Far Worse Than It Seems

July 14, 2014 7:47 PM

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Hoarding is more than just a reality show. It's a real problem that can lead to significant impairment in one's life. This was true with Beverly Mitchell, age 66, who was found dead in her Cheshire, Connecticut home on June 14, 2014. Authorities believe hoarding is what led to her house collapsing and ultimately taking her life. It is also said to be the culprit in a fatal New York City fire. These tragic incidents represent the worst case scenario of hoarding and are eye-opening to just how serious of a problem this can potentially be.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, hoarding occurs in 2-5 percent of the population and is defined as the excessive saving of items that others may view as worthless. The hoarder may have difficulty getting rid of such possessions, thereby leading to clutter to the point that it disr...

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