Compulsive hoarding means excessively acquiring items that appear of little or no value and not being able to throw them away, resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. It is considered to be a significant problem when:
• the amount of clutter interferes with everyday living – e.g. someone is unable to use the kitchen or bathroom, increases the risk of having a fall or creates a fire hazard
• the clutter is causing significant distress or negatively affecting a person’s ability to function – e.g. their social life, employment and maintaining a safe environment
People with hoarding difficulties may suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which may or may not be directly connected to their clutter problem. Hoarding is also often associated with other forms of anxiety and depression.
Sussex HIA looks to identify services that can support people who are hoarding to free space and reduce the fire and health risks. If you are a friend, relative or front line office please get in touch with Sussex HIA to see if we can be of assistance.