Consequences are more than just a messy home
Most hoarders have to deal with very concerned family or friends once the situation comes to light -- and with good reason. Concerns include an unsanitary living environment, as well as increased risk of falls or fire, thanks to hazardous conditions. Emotionally, however, the potential for long-term effects is just as significant. Left untreated, hoarding behavior can result in severe social isolation, clinical depression and even suicide. And when hoarders seek treatment, they often have a long road ahead of them, since it's a tricky and difficult behavior to manage.
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- Mayo Clinic Staff. "Hoarding." Mayo Clinic. Nov. 5, 2010. (June 27, 2011). http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hoarding/DS00966
- Metcalf, Eric, MPH. "Hoarding: More Than Just a Mess." WebMD. April 19, 2011. (June 27, 2011). http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/harmless-pack-rat-or-compulsive-hoarder
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