Objects in the house often fill the room, even though they are not really functioning. Sometimes there is a feeling of being insincere to just throw it away, eventually piled up in several corners of the house.
Have you ever known a householder who has an unusual ‘hobby’, namely storing a lot of things that are not actually used?
Even though the house or room is full of stuff, the habit doesn’t stop. Such a habit is known as hoarding disorder.
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A stored item is something that no longer functions, but is considered valuable
Behavior hoarding disorder generally related to old items whose function is no longer optimal, but is considered to be useful someday.
Even though it is almost damaged, the owner believes that the stored goods can still be repaired, changed its function and used again.
Not only because of their function, items are stored because they are considered to have memorable memories or history.
Cause of hoarding disorder it’s not certain, but this has something to do with a traumatic event in the past, for example being abandoned by a close person.
The items that are kept are an attempt to ‘perpetuate’ memories with the person who has left them.
There are also various items stored, such as books, food wrappers, newspapers, plastic, used bottles, packaging skin care expired, and so on.
Not the same as collectors, perpetrators hoarding disorder experience the following characteristics:
People who experience hoarding disorder just store carelessly without taking special care. The culprit is also called hoarder
The habit of storing old objects is actually also done by collectors. However, collectors are able to organize and care for collectibles neatly and cleanly.
Collectors try to allocate costs and time to be able to add to the collection which will be sold again.
Meanwhile, for the hoarder not like that. Then what are the characteristics? hoarder? Take a look at the following points.
- It’s not easy to throw away things you no longer need.
- There is a feeling of restlessness when throwing away a used item, there is even a sense of irritation or anger if his used item is thrown away, cleaned, or taken by someone else.
- It’s easy to suspect that someone else is seen touching something that belongs to him.
- Often add to the pile of things that are not needed, even though there is no room to store at home.
- Difficulty tidying, organizing, or sorting through his own belongings.
- Often procrastinates or avoids when asked to organize his things.
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Including unhealthy habits and trigger conflict in the house
Items that are stored or stockpiled are often strange, embarrassing, and inappropriate. Of course it has no more economic value in the market.
‘collection’ items that are no longer of value are only buried in such a way, filling various corners of the house, and hindering the activities of its occupants.
What is clear, the impact on health is also not trivial, because the conditions are dirty and may harbor a lot of germs and bacteria.
The person affected is hoarder themselves or family members who do not live in the same house.
Things like this can trigger unwanted conflicts at home. Especially if the perpetrator hoarder is married and has small children. In addition to conflicts with partners, things like this can interfere with child development.
Occurs at various ages and can still be cured with the help of a psychiatrist
In addition to past trauma due to being left by someone closest to them, this habit is also associated with more distressing conditions due to loneliness.
There are people whose childhood was not happy, mental disorders, unmarried, and various anxiety. Efforts to collect things become an outlet so that there is a little sense of calm and feeling not alone.
This condition can occur at various ages, starting from the teens or young adults. The situation can become increasingly difficult to treat when you reach middle age.
Because this also involves a disturbed mental condition, not a few are trying to recover by seeking the help of a psychiatrist to stop being obsessed with piles of things.