Austin Trash Removal: How to Recognize a Hoarder & What You Can Do To Help

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Austin trash removal
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Do you know a hoarder? You may be surprised.

According to the University of California, whose researchers have spent extensive time studying hoarding, there are more than 1.2 million Americans who hoard. (If you’re interested in the university’s research, you can find out more about it in here.)

So it’s likely that you will encounter a hoarder at some point in your life. In fact, you may have already met one, but simply didn’t know.

Hoarders are incredibly defensive of their privacy. They know that the way they live is frowned upon by society and thus they won’t allow others into their homes. They often suffer from shame, self-blame and humiliation because of their living conditions. Because of this, hoarders are not social. They usually only have a couple of friends at most and may live in compete isolation.

Another sign of a hoarder is a deep attachment to stuff. If you notice someone can’t let anything go, even trash, they could suffer from hoarding tendencies. Hoarders almost always run out of room to store their stuff in their homes and will let it overflow into their yards. So a yard full of junk can be a way to spot a hoarder.

Hoarders are ashamed of their homes and will not take care of them. If there is an abundance of junk in the yard and the home is falling apart, you could be witnessing a hoarding situation.

Lastly, hoarders frequently consider pets as more junk that can be hoarded. That’s not to say that hoarders don’t love their pets. They do. In fact because of their limited social interactions, their pets are often all they have. But hoarders can’t simply stop at a couple of cats or one dog. The home of a hoarder will usually include dozens of feral cats.

So how do you help a hoarder?

If you know a hoarder and would like to help them, you must remember that hoarders are deeply ashamed of their condition and will be defensive if you bring it up. For this reason, it’s important to go into the discussion knowing that it will likely get confrontational and that more than anything hoarders need patience, love and support.

The next most important thing to remember is to never, ever just start throwing a hoarder’s stuff away. This does more harm than good.

A better approach is to accompany the hoarder to a license therapist that deals with hoarders. After a few sessions with the therapist, you can begin removing some of the hoarder’s junk, but it will be an uphill battle.

Most of the time, the hoarder has accumulated so much junk, you’ll need to call in a professional Austin trash removal company to help out.

After removing the hoarder’s stuff, it’s important that the hoarder continue to see their therapist and take any medications they have been prescribed to avoid a relapse.

Continue to check in on the hoarder frequently. A friend can do wonders for a hoarder.

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  1. parents are hoarders i know the feeling all to well just today i threw away trash and mom was about ready go threw it i told her i swear god you bring that stuff back in i am going lose it and im cleaning rest of the house i do not care if they like it or not i lived with it all my life and clean up they bring more crap back in never ending cycle makes you want give up but i do this like once a year or so do a hole make over and frankly i do not care if they like it or not you cant live like this got a grand daughter that would like have space to play and i admit i got junk in my room but every thing i own is in my room thats it not all over the house but and my room needs fixing up as well thats another thing they will let there houses go with out repairing them you would not want to live with a hoarder its absolute hell so i know better than anyone

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