The medical and social awareness of the reality and severity of mental illnesses in the U.S. is growing steadily each year. New organizations and communities designed to help those struggling with mental illnesses are cropping up across the globe at an impressive rate. However, certain mental illnesses still go largely unaddressed, both socially and politically. One of these illnesses so often unmentioned is a form of OCD, depression, and/or anxiety that leads to compulsive hoarding. If you or a loved one suffers from compulsive hoarding, ServiceMaster DSI can help restore the affected home or workspace with our professional hoarder cleanup services in Westminster, CO.
Understanding and helping a loved one who suffers from compulsive hoarding is difficult in its own right, but when you’re charged with handling a hoarder’s space, it can add greatly to the hardship on your shoulders. Our hoarder cleanup services can tackle this aspect of recovery for you, but understanding the signs of compulsive hoarding can help prevent significant damage in the long run.
Signs of Compulsive Hoarding
Your loved one has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety in the past, both conditions that have hoarding linked to them as a symptom or subtype.
Your loved one has experienced severe paranoia or experiences some form of post-traumatic stress disorder that could lead to superstitious thoughts or a fear of social situations, forms of contamination, or emotional or physical loss.
Your loved one has exhibited addictive behaviors in the past, such as addictions to sex, substances, exercise, shopping, or eating.
Your loved one has exhibited obsessive behaviors concerning the collection of items, food, or digital files.
Your loved one does not view their behaviors as abnormal or illogical, instead they liken them to an animal storing food for the winter or simply as collecting these items for future use.
These signs address a more psychologically based history for your loved one that could lead to compulsive hoarding, but there are other, more direct signs as well. If you notice an increase in clutter around your loved one’s house or if they’re having difficulty cleaning and organizing a space, you should take note. Learn more about understanding compulsive hoarding here.
If you are struggling with a space affected by compulsive hoarding, contact ServiceMaster DSI at 303.288.2900 for comprehensive hoarder cleanup services in Westminster, CO.