Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Collecting trouble: With its causes unclear, hoarding is challenging to treat


It's a dirty little secret kept behind closed doors.
Only, it's not always so little.
Inside, piles of newspapers, mail, empty food containers, overstuffed boxes and overflowing trash bags that somehow didn't get thrown away or were too hard to part with close in like prison bars, and there doesn't seem to be any escape route from the hush-hush squalor of hoarding.
Gary Horning, bureau chief of code compliance and inspections for the City of Lancaster, recalls a case where a woman had so much stuff that she could not get to the shower and had to go to the Y to bathe..."  More

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