Hoarding Disorder is a complex mental condition, and there are many different types of hoarders all will various hoarding habits. Understanding the different types of hoarders is the best way to find solutions for hoarding, and to help a hoarder cleanup.
What Are the Different Types of Hoarders?
There are different reasons for the various hoarding types that exist, and the habits that they develop. However, most hoarding types are joined by a common thread - the inability to discard things, or the uncontrollable impulse to collect them. Different hoarding conditions will cause sufferers to collect things specific to the types of hoarding that they reflect.
Animal Hoarders. What usually starts off as a love of animals and a feeling of responsibility towards their well being can quickly spiral out of control. Animal hoarders have a tendency to take home more animals than they can care for, sometimes well beyond the legal limit.
Food Hoarders. Usually resulting from trauma, food hoarders collect more food than they would ever be able to eat. In extreme hoarding levels, food hoarders will keep food well past the expiration date.
Mail Hoarders. We all let a little mail pile up every now and then, but mail hoarders take it to the extreme. Letting mail build up into a high volume collection may seem harmless at first, but it can lead to potentially fatal situations.
Information Hoarders. Similar to mail hoarders, information hoarders hold on to many paper items such as recipes, books, old bills, and mail. However, information hoarders collect because they anticipate needing to access information in the future, and fear not having it readily available.
Compulsive Shoppers. Shopping can be very therapeutic at times, which is probably the driving impetus behind the behavior of most compulsive shoppers. There are varying reasons why compulsive shoppers hoard, but the bottom line is that they struggle to control their impulses to purchase new things.
Trash Hoarders. A condition known as Syllogomania causes trash hoarders to prefer living among rubbish than discarding it. Some see a treasure trove where others see garbage, others turn to trash hoarding out of depression. Either way, trash hoarding can take a serious toll on someone’s health, and must be stopped.
Recycling Hoarders. Recycling has many benefits, and some people like to let their recycling pile up a little so they can turn it in for cash. Recycling hoarders, however, tend to fall short of turning in the recycling, simply letting it pile up indefinitely, until the collection becomes too difficult to manage.
Compulsive Collectors. The difference between collectors and compulsive collectors is how neatly their collections are displayed. Compulsive collectors generally have an intense urge to take things home, but afterwards they are rarely ever organized or given a practical use.
Hiding Hoarders. Because many people with a hoarding disorder feel a strong sense of shame or embarrassment, they often become hiding hoarders. Hiding hoarders may not seem like hoarders at first glance, because their collections are tucked away in places that cannot be easily noticed.
Diogenes Syndrome. Many hoarders suffer from a condition known as Diogenes syndrome, which causes many sufferers to become intensely reclusive and distrustful of others. Diogenes suffers live amongst some of the worst hoarding levels due to severe isolation and lack of care for their own well being.
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