WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Safer Homes Task Force, a group of town department representatives from Westport and Weston, is reminding residents to be alert for potential signs of hoarding.
Hoarding is a complex mental-health condition that often begins in early adolescence and the symptoms become exacerbated in midlife due to a life changing event such as divorce, trauma, and death of a family member.
It is estimated that two to five percent of the adult U.S. population suffers from this disorder and it crosses all income and socio-economic lines, according to the Safer Homes Task Force.
Compulsive hoarding behavior can be characterized by the following:
- Acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others.
- Severe cluttering of the person's home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space.
- Significant distress and/or significant impairment of one's work or social life.
For more information on hoarding or The Safer Homes Task Force, contact registered nurse Loren Pace at 203-227-9571, ext. 231 or visit www.ocdfoundation.org/hoarding .
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