#3 The Hoarder’s Daughter

hoarders-sm# 3 THE HOARDER’S DAUGHTER

After her father’s death, Dana Morrison noticed that her mother’s house was becoming cluttered. First she saved grocery bags, then newspapers, and empty boxes. In no time flat, her house was filled with junk, junk, and more junk! Dana made the mistake of cleaning house, but that just made matters worse when her mother decided that her trash was more valuable to her than her daughter.

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Hoarding.  The simple definition is … a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc., but it’s also a psychological disorder.  Hoarders have great difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of discarding of the items.Often, their accumulation of items, such as paper, empty food containers, cans and bottles, has no intrinsic value to anyone but the person who has saved the items.

As Dana discovered in THE HOARDER’S DAUGHTER, when she cleaned her mother’s house–something she thought would alleviate the problem, only exacerbated the problem.

Hoarding is a chronic disorder. Hoarders often suffer from obsessive compulsive behavior, anxiety, depression, or trauma, such as the death of a family member, which may trigger hoarding behaviors. Along with decluttering their home, the hoarder needs to unclutter their mind, as well, since the state of their home is just a symptom of a great problem.

Help is available, but the first step is to admit one has the problem.

Intrusivethoughts.org
Hoard No More
Hoarders Anonymous
Help for Hoarders