Types Of Hoarding
Types Of Hoarding in Michigan
Hoarding affects all types of people, young, old, male and female. The type of hoarding or clutter that is found within a household often times reflect the interests, hobbies or career of the individual. Either way, the fact of the matter is that the hoarding is affecting the individual’s life, and those surrounding them as well. In the end, the hoarder’s lifestyle may be dramatically altered, ranging from a limited social life to being cut off from family and friends as a direct or indirect result of hoarding. This ultimately leads to the hoarder becoming more and more attached to the clutter that surrounds them, relying on their “stuff” for social interaction and comfort.
More often than not, we encounter animal hoarder’s homes that are also affected with the general accumulation of clutter. These homes can present extremely dangerous conditions due to the safety issues contributed to the clutter in addition to the animal waste issues that are present within the home. These homes need to be addressed by professionals that specialize in animal hoarding and hoarding scenarios before the home is safe for re-occupancy. Select Restoration, Inc. offers a cleanup program that is dedicated and specific to your particular needs, while providing the remediation services needed in these scenarios to restore the home to a safe, clean, and functional living environment.
BIBLIOMANIA (HOARDING OF BOOKS) / INFORMATION HOARDER
Also referred to as an information hoarder or a knowledge hoarder, this category of hoarding typically involves individuals with an extremely high intelligence. These hoarders may hold careers that require a large amount of research or the obtaining of career related materials (i.e. teachers, engineers, scientists, accountants, lawyers, etc.). The information hoarder justifies the accumulation of clutter through their never-ending quest for knowledge. We have seen information hoarding cases vary in degree and type, from a home that contained tens of thousands of books, to a home where the homeowner, a retired CPA, had rooms overflowing with work files, financial paperwork, and career related materials that dated 40 plus years old. In all of these cases, the collection of information is vital to the day-to-day process of the hoarder, no matter how unlikely the use is for all of this information. It is as if letting go of the books, magazines, and information that has accumulated to overwhelming levels will be like letting go of a part of themselves.
SYLLOGOMANIA (HOARDING OF TRASH/GARBAGE)
Syllogomania is defined as the hoarding of pure trash. Although pure syllogomania hoarding cases – where there are no items of value, sentiment, or functional use – are rarely seen, they do exist. When we encounter these types of hoarding cases, generally the overall conditions of the home are despondent. Extremes have usually been met, such as utilities being completely shut off, and the home being contaminated with a combination of insects, rodents, and gross filth conditions. These individuals in general tend to have more severe symptoms of mental disorder than the average hoarder. These symptoms require specialized treatment from not only a mental health standpoint, but also in addressing the conditions of the home. Only a company that values the human element like Select Restoration, Inc. can be trusted to compassionately tend to the remediation needs of these individuals.
LARDER HOARDING (HOARDING OF FOOD)
Collectors typically start off collecting a certain category or group of items. In almost all of these cases though, eventually the collection grows to a point that exceeds the control of the individual or the collector sparks a new interest in a new collection of items. The collection ultimately grows to a size where it is considered hoarding due to the fact that the collection is interfering with the daily functioning of the household. Although the collector may not have been considered a hoarder upon starting the collection, a slippery slope evolves from the situation due to items being used for the day-to-day functioning of the home are either lost or inaccessible due to the collection taking over the home. This almost always leads to the accumulation of every day clutter on top of the already large collections within the home.