Wikipedia describes compulsive Meridian Health Protocol Reviewhoarding as “the acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them) in excess of socially normative amounts, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary.” Hoarding is a mental illness affecting many types of people throughout the world. Because hoarding is secretive by nature, it is impossible to know how many North Americans suffer from this illness but it is estimated that there are well over 700,000 cases. Hoarding will affect basic daily activities and can be very detrimental to your health as the situation gets more and more unsanitary. If you or someone you know suffers from Compulsive Hoarding, you must identify the problem, figure out the reasons for your hoarding and take steps to correct the problem before you are totally consumed.

The First step to dealing with a hoarder is to know the facts. Hoarding is considered by many specialists as a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder having the patients to obsess over keeping a large amount of collections, garbage, nick knacks, clothes and more that to others may all seem useless. Other specialists believe that hoarding is an independent mental disease on its own and isn’t directly linked to OCD. The reason for the conflicting agreements between experts is due to the fact that Hoarding and Saving Symptoms are found in 18%-42% of OCD sufferers.

Whether you are an OCD patient and possess certain characteristics of a hoarder; or if you are independently hoarding, hoarding is taken on with shame, secretiveness, low self-esteem, anxiety, and in a lot of cases – denial. Many hoarders do not think that there is anything wrong with their behavior making this mental disease very frustrating for those around them and making it difficult to treat.

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