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Hoarders need emotional support. Here's how you can help.

by SNG Hock Lin, Monday, November 11, 2019

The tragic case of a 68-year-old man who was found dead among piles of rubbish in his flat recently has once again cast a spotlight on a familiar but often tricky-to-solve problem: Hoarding.


An Institute of Mental Health study in 2010 found that one in 50 people will display hoarding behavior in their lifetime. 


According to psychologists, hoarding becomes a behavioral disorder when a person has great difficulty in discarding objects with seemingly little value, such as stacks of yellowed newspapers and plastic bags full of old clothes.


The ever-growing pile of the mainly useless items subsequently leads to a cluttered home, giving rise to safety concerns since clutter may create fire and tripping hazards. 



The excessive clutter could also become a source of great distress and frustration for the hoarder’s family members, leading to strained relations or even rejection of the hoarder, studies have shown.


So, how does someone end up as a hoarder?


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