Saturday, April 30, 2011

Santa Barbara expert panel talks about the dangers of compulsive hoarding


Compulsive hoarding is a national epidemic that affects more than $2 million people in the United States, according to mental health groups.

A panel of experts gathered on Thursday to raise awareness and educate local human service professionals about the social and political issues related to hoarding.

The workshop called “Collecting, Cluttering & Hoarding: When is hoarding a lease, sanity code, or fire violation?” was presented by ServiceMaster Anytime in Goleta.

ServiceMaster Anytime is a residential and commercial sanitation company that has worked extensively with the disposal and Disaster Restoration needs of the Santa Barbara area since 1965.

“Our company has done this kind of cleaning for hoarders for decades, but back then we never had the term for it,” said Justin Haagen, the workshop organizer for ServiceMaster.

Hoarding is an obsessive-compulsive mental health disorder in which a person acquires too many possessions and has persistent difficulty discarding them even when the items are no longer useful..." More

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