Austin Junk Removal: Beyond Hoarders

Posted: May 7, 2013 in junk removal
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When you tell someone that you work at a Austin junk removal company, their reactions are usually pretty similar…”So, um you help Hoarders?”

Well yes and no. Austin junk removal

The truth is that while we sometimes handle hoarding cases, they are few and far between. The majority of clients we work with are normal folks who just need a little help removing their excessive junk.

In fact according to the department of psychiatry at the University of California, only 1.2 million Americans are hoarders. That’s out of over 313 million Americans.

So how does the university define a “hoarder”?

The university is quick to point out that true hoarding is a mental illness, a subset of obsessive compulsive disorder. It’s not just laziness or disorganization, as the public often assumes. The university’s research has found evidence to indicate that hoarders have “district brain abnormalities that will not improve without treatment.”

In addition, there is also some evidence to suggest that the disorder may be hereditary. According to the university’s research, 85% of hoarders have a family member who also suffers from hoarding.

So while junk removal companies are sometimes called in to clean out hoarders’ homes, we’re only solving the safety hazards associated with clutter. This is the first step of a long process that will include extensive therapy to diagnose the underlying cause of the hoarding and develop an effective treatment plan that will prevent the hoarder from re-cluttering their home.

You can find more information about how to help a loved one deal with hoarding on the Dirty Work Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

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