Warning Signs of Hoarding

If you’ve seen the A&E TV show, Hoarders, you’ve seen what it looks like to have your life consumed by “stuff.” For hoarders, and for the people who love them, this condition can be debilitating. In the house of a hoarder, nearly ever inch of space is stacked with clutter, which hoarders believe they cannot throw away for fear that they may need it later or because it holds some sort of emotional significance.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some key symptoms to watch out for if you believe you or someone you know may be a hoarder are:

  • Cluttered living spaces
  • Moving items from one pile to another without the ability to throw anything away
  • Acquiring useless items, including trash, newspapers, and magazines
  • Emotional attachment to possessions
  • Cutting off social interactions

If you believe someone you know has a hoarding problem it is best to get help from a professional. Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, co-author of Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, encourages family members to confront hoarders about the problem with the help of an experienced therapist. Experts like Neziroglu caution that disposing of a person’s belongings without permission can lead to trauma for the hoarder.

Learn more signs of hoarding

Source: Mayo Clinic

Plus: How to Know When Your Clutter is Out of Control

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

5 thoughts on “Warning Signs of Hoarding

  1. I believe its a mental state. The consumption of things that make an individual feel whole as a person. To consume the empty space inside them with things that make them feel better about whatever caused the emptiness in the first place. Its sad, but we all deal with things differently. I guess this is their way of dealing.

  2.  There is so little known about this very serious debilitating disorder. I have/had a parent with this disorder & it has been extremely difficult. It ultimately contributed to her early death. I believe it stems from other hurtful, unresolved issues in life. God does not want us to live this way or carry such pain around with us all the time. Knowing the healing power & unconditional love of Jesus Christ is the way to overcome the hurt. I have seen prayers answered. Find a bible based church in your area, walk through the front door, & tell them you need help. God will meet you there.

  3. This is a serious condition among those of us that have it, family and freiend don’t understand the cause or reason nor do the hoarders, I can sat this we have been truly buried alive and drownding in the mess!!


    1. This is a very old post. Excellent use of all caps to be more obnoxious than a loudspeaker in the ear. Have you learned how to use punctuation yet?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Fields marked with an * are required
Foods That Harm Foods That HealWant a Free eBook?
FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL offers important information about the role diet plays in the struggle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Answer the question below to receive your FREE digital eBook.

Someone in my household experiences the following conditions:

Send me a link to download FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL:
By clicking below, I agree to the Trusted Media Brands Privacy Policy