If you haven’t heard of this term before, then you should know that hoarding is the term that describes the persistent difficulty that some people feel when they have to discard their old possessions. They tend to keep everything that they own, no matter how old or useless might be. Their inability to throw things away actually interferes with their professional or personal life and might even hurt the people all around them.
Reasons for Becoming a Hoarder
- People during their middle age crisis tend to develop the tendency to keep old things or machines that do not actually work anymore. They start to feel anxiety about throwing things away, and they eventually become professional hoarders! They might not remember it. However, it is most likely that they had the same tendencies during the age of 11 to 15.
- These people tend to suffer from serious indecisiveness and severe stress.
- Recent studies indicate that hoarding might actually have some genetic predisposition as well.
- Often this inability to throw things away begins with a traumatic experience and then they use hoarding as a coping mechanism.
- Most hoarders usually have social issues and are isolated by other social groups, in their school or their professional field.
How to Identify a Hoarder?
If you observe any of these characteristics to you or another person, it is best to seek some professional help in order to get over hoarding and start focusing and enjoying your life.
- Inability to throw away things that do not work anymore.
- Severe anxiety about throwing things away.
- Difficulty in categorising your possessions.
- Inability to determine where to put your things.
- Extreme stress when other people touch or use your things.
- The anxiety of losing or run out of a certain item or even checking the trash.
What to Do About Hoarding
If you are experiencing some or all of the above symptoms, it is best to seek professional help. A proper psychologist can help you discard this tendency as well as properly organise the stuff you want to actually keep and own. This way, you will be able to make reasonable judgments in order to decide what to keep and what to throw away.
Through therapy, you will be able to make fast decisions according to your things, just like everyone else. You will make an awesome improvement, and you will have the chance to sort your stuff out and start over with a proper relationship with your personal items.
Increase of Hoarding
During the last decade, people who tend to keep old things are severely increasing. The modern way of living, the need for over consume and the severe everyday anxiety might lead you to start hoarding without even knowing. Do not spend another minute in this prison for your mind that will isolate you from anyone around you. If you are feeling an inability to throw things away, it is time to start exploring this idea.
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