Saturday, October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, a nationally-recognized day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy. As the day approaches, we wanted to lend our support to a disorder in which we are often in contact – hoarding. As a supporter of the Lifetime television show, Hoarders, we have seen first-hand the effects a hoarding disorder has on both those who exhibit this behavior and their families.
Hoarding is a serious condition in which sufferers compulsively hoard items due to a deep rooted feeling of attachment. In severe cases, hoarding may become a fire hazard, as very often doorways are completely blocked by both belongings and garbage. Further, the accumulation of items may even lead to health risks, such as vermin and mold.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, some of the symptoms of a hoarding disorder include:
- Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.
- A difficulty associated with the discarding of possessions, resulting in the accumulation of possessions that congest and clutter active living areas and substantially compromises their intended use.
- Clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning
On Saturday October 10, we encourage you to join us in helping end mental health stigma by participating in a world-wide online conversation using #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Andrea Hanft is a Public Relations Manager for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and sister companies You Move Me WOW 1 DAY PAINTING . Originally from Toronto, Andrea is very happy to be a Vancouver newbie, spending her weekends hiking and exploring the city. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.