Hoarding disorder is a when a person has persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because they feel they have to keep them.

This can result in cramped living conditions, surfaces filled with no room to use, dangers of falling and even issues with vermin.


Hoarding ranges from mild to severe, and in some cases when it is mild it will not have a huge affect on people lives, however it can be so severe that it affects a persons life daily.


The signs and symptoms of a hoarding disorder include:

  • Excessively acquiring items that are unneeded and for which there is no space.
  • Difficulty in throwing out or parting with items, whether needed or unneeded.
  • Feeling upset by the thought of discarding unneeded items.- Building up clutter to the point where rooms are unusable.
  • Being indecisive about clutter and having problems with planning and organising.


Why do hoarders save these items?

  • They believe the items are unique or will be required at some point.
  • They have important emotional significance, serving as a reminder of happy times.
  • They feel safe when surrounded by their possessions.
  • They don’t want to waste anything.


Hoarding disorder threatens health and safety, and can cause a number of complications that include:

  • Rist of injury or harm.
  • Family conflicts.
  • Loneliness and social isolation.
  • Unsanitary conditions that pose a risk to health.
  • Fire hazards.
  • Poor work performance.
  • Legal issues such as eviction.


If you are looking for help and support for a person or family suffering with Hoarding Disorder in Gloucestershire then we can help here at PeopleFirst.


We are fully trained to support a person suffering from Hoarding Disorder and would be happy to offer a free consultation to discuss your situation.

*Taken from Mayo Clinic Website

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