How Many Hoarders in the US?

Those who are effected by the hoarding illness, whether a hoarder or a loved one who feels responsible for a hoarder; there is comforting news that you’re not alone. Research has found that 2-5 % of the world has hoarding illness at some degree. In the US, that means that at 300 million people, there are 6-15 million people affected by the hoarding illness. In Delaware, there are close to 900,000 people residing in the state which means that 18,000 to 45,000 people are affected by the hoarding illness.

This previous secret illness to family members and therapists alike are now amazed about the amount of people affected by Hoarding. The reason why hoarding was so secret is the shear embarrassment and to some degree the psychological avoidance of the condition that the hoarder lives in. Being part of a team that cleans and organizes hoarding homes daily, understanding the embarrassment and preventing the public awareness of the hoarder’s living condition is key to getting the trust of hoarders.

The best way to comfort the hoarder and the family members responsible for the hoarder is to explain that 2-5 % of the nation has the hoarding illness. If the US has up to 15 million people effected by the hoarding illness, they can create their own country that would compete against other countries with populations such as Iceland, Cuba and Israel. With that knowledge we hope that hoarders will start coming out and getting help knowing that they are truly not alone.

Trust is key when approaching a hoarder about their condition.  It is important to remember that majority of those in need of hoarding clean up services suffered from a trauma which triggered the condition.  Because of this, it is crucial for a hoarder’s helper to understand the nature of their condition by determining which type of hoarding they may be struggling with.  It is also beneficial to the success of the recovery process to adhere to some of the social guidelines contained within the Do’s and Don’ts for Hoarders.  By doing so, hoarders and their helpers alike will be able to understand one another while planning a successful course of action for the recovery process.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 10:02 by Kenneth Donnelly