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Hoarding 101: Behaviors and Effects of Hoarding
In the United States alone, there's an estimated 6-15 MILLION hoarders (https://goo.gl/0cBpgZ). Hoarding is the result of collecting and saving possessions obsessively. Even items with little to no value are collected. Hoarders have a difficult time getting rid of items. They also have large amounts of clutter in their living spaces. They feel joy when adding items to their possession. And they feel a strong anxiety at the thought of getting rid of items. Dealing with a hoarder can be frustrating, stressful...

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Ebola: What do we know? Part 2
American aid workers recently were diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Interest is high with this deadly disease and many people have many questions about the real threat of a global crisis involving the Ebola virus. What we Know: The symptoms of the disease can include headaches, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and diarrhea. In severe cases, there is also internal and external bleeding. The onset of symptoms is usually in about a week after exposure, but can occur as quickly as...

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How to Help a Hoarder
There are certain steps that can be taken so you can help a hoarder. People who suffer from hoarding disorders are often somewhat aware they have a problem but have to reach a point of wanting help in order to deal with this type of emotional illness and reclaim control of their lives. With this in mind, it is not possible to force a hoarder to seek help or even to coerce a hoarder into letting go of some of the items in...

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The Consequences of Hoarding
What Are the Consequences of Hoarding? Hoarding disorder can impair social, occupational, and other important areas of functioning.  Potential consequences of serious hoarding include health and safety concerns, such as fire hazards, tripping hazards, and health code violations.  It can also lead to family strain and conflicts, isolation and loneliness, unwillingness to have anyone else enter the home, and an inability to perform daily tasks such as cooking and bathing in the home. I have personally responded to hoarding homes where the fire department...

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What is Animal Hoarding?
Is it like Hoarding lots of objects? Can people be cured? Response from Karen L. Cassiday, PhD When most people hear about animal hoarding, they recall shocking news stories or imagine the “crazy cat lady.” They immediately side with the rescued animals, rarely considering the life of the hoarder or what led to this behavior. The term "animal hoarding" refers to the compulsive need to collect and own animals for the sake of caring for them that results in accidental or unintentional neglect or abuse....

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