"Hoarding is a condition that, if left unaddressed, may lead to extremely dire results for those involved. It"s not at all abnormal for hoarders to close themselves off, stay home indefinitely, and turn away friends, family, and even those who genuinely want to lend a hand. Hoarding can slowly develop into a situation that is quite troublesome to control for many of those who suffer from the condition. It can also prove a very hazardous chore to clean up and remediate a hoarder"s property. Parting with their possessions is very difficult for hoarders, specifically while trying to cooperate with family or other caring materially curious parties. Unfortunately, this interaction between the hoarder and those closely involved can cause long lasting disputes and divisions.Statistics show that hoarding affects "as many as 1 in every 20" individuals and is more common in older age groups, increasing with age. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), up to 5 percent of the world"s population display traits of clinically diagnosable hoarding."
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