Do you or someone you love struggle with compulsive hoarding? You’re not alone. In fact, according to the International OCD Foundation, serious hoarding issues are present in at least 1 in every 50 people.
Signs of compulsive hoarding include extreme difficulty parting with items, a large amount of clutter in your home that affects your daily routine, feeling overwhelmed by your amount of belongings, and frequently purchasing more items because you believe they’re a must-have “bargain.”
Hoarding can be dangerous and even pose physical threats. Read on to find out three physical dangers that can be caused from compulsive hoarding:
Unsanitary living conditions and health risks
Compulsive hoarding can lead to dirty and dangerous living conditions, including a risk of mold or mildew growth, bug infestations, and more that can make your space unlivable.
Allergens such as dust and mold can make you miserable in your own home. If you suffer from allergic asthma throughout the year, there are ways you can reduce allergens in your home. As the Mayo Clinic suggests, “Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books and magazines. Store children’s toys, games and stuffed animals in plastic bins.”
Structural damage of the home and fire hazards
Hoarded items can potentially pose a risk to your safety as well as the structural well being of your home.
Piles of books, magazines, or newspapers can be a fire hazard. If there’s a huge accumulation of belongings, heavy stockpiles can cause structural damage when your home can no longer bear the weight.
Increase risk of injuries and falls
Heavy boxes or highly stacked items can tip over, posing a risk for injuries within your own home. In addition, hoarded belongings that make it difficult to walk from room to room can increase your chances of falling.
Although it can be extremely challenging to break the cycle of hoarding, it’s important to seek the help you deserve. Find out how you can offer someone who hoards support here.
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