The over-collection and keeping of possessions is referred to as hoarding. About 2-5% of our community will have difficulties in clearing the possessions that have over-filled the halls and walls of their home. There is a significant risk of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression that may occur alongside physical health conditions when crowded in by possessions. These health conditions may be in part a symptom of living in these conditions, or hoarding behaviours may cause the problem to continue.
When does the amount of clutter become a problem? This picture is an example of having too much in your home. If you cannot easily walk through the hall or your room, then it is also a safety hazard. The problem may cause a delayed escape if there was a fire, or more commonly the clutter is a trip hazard. The build up of mould, dust and vermin may also become a serious health problem, which increases as the level of hoarding increases.
We have a number of psychologists who can provide services to individuals and the families of those struggling with hoarding and squalor.
Helpful Links to community help:
- Centacare has a specialist cleaning service Ph 1300 734 593
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