Hoarding is the persistent difficulty in discarding or parting with personal possessions, even those of apparently useless or limited value, due to strong urges to save items, distress, and/or indecision associated with discarding.
Hoarding is a very misunderstood and complex issue. It affects people across all socio-economic, age and ethnic groups. It not only has an effect on the individual but radiates through the family and community. It is usually believed to affect older people, however, research shows that whilst the issue can start as early as 13 years of age, treatment is often not sought until around age 50.
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Birmingham Safeguarding Adult’s Board have released a very personal and touching film about hoarding.
For more information or to watch some great hoarding myth-busting videos, visit the Making Room website.