The root cause of clutter hoarding and hoarding disorder generally starts to manifest fairly early in life, usually in the teens or early twenties or thereabouts. This disorder rarely starts in relation to the generally perceived sense, which has the image of hoarders as fairly elderly people living in homes stuffed full of various kinds of clutter but, insofar as it would appear in the teenage years or early 20's, would appear as a mild but noticeable attachment to certain things and objects and as an inclination to personify these things in some way.
If a hoarding problem is going to develop beyond this stage - it's estimated to affect around 1 in 25 adults - then the tendency to hoard objects often becomes progressively more pronounced in the 30's to 40's and finally becomes a serious problem when the hoarder has reached their 50's to 60's.
Much of the psychology which motivates compulsive hoarders relates to being powerfully attached to things and objects. There is a great reluctance and sense of shame involved in wasting things or throwing away things which "just might" one day prove to be useful.
A hoarding obsession can be symptomatic of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and it may or may not be the case that the hoarder exhibits signs of other anxiety based disorders. However many obsessive hoarders seem to be primarily affected by the disorder as a "stand alone" condition, and currently research is underway which is based on the principle that hoarding compulsively represents a disorder in its own right.
In some severe cases hoarding, aka disposophobia, has caused the individual concerned to create or even rent storage for their items, which may be broken down electrical goods, used containers, even old newspapers and magazines.
No matter how worthless an outsider might understandably perceive this accumulation of stuff to be, the disposophobic would be extremely reluctant and unhappy about giving them up. This is because an unconscious attachment to the objects exists in the hoarder's mind, and this creates a feeling - or an illusion - of safety, familiarity and security.
When this exaggerated level of attachment has been reached, the person's life has been taken over by the compulsion to hoard, and living conditions become unsanitary and even dangerous.
If you or someone that you know may be experiencing some of the symptoms of the onset of this condition then hypnosis could be a timely solution. Hypnosis is an effective way of accessing the power of the mind, and it's through this mind power that the root or cause of the hoarding disorder is dealt with. Through hypnosis the compulsion to accumulate things can be either quickly or gradually deconstructed and dissolved through the use of relaxation, positive suggestion and mental imagery. Hypnosis Downloads have created a pc/mp3 download specifically for this purpose, and more details of it are available here.
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