Consequences of Hoarding

Hoarding threatens the health and safety of those living in or near the home, causing health problems, structural damage, fire, and even death. Another effect is the expensive and emotionally devastating evictions or other court actions can lead to hospitalizations or homelessness. Another consequence is conflict with family members and friends who are frustrated and concerned. Graciela Jimenez, Psychotherapist with Care and Counseling at Baptist Health South Florida, says if your living room is so full of items and you can't get to the door, you could have mold and little animals that have died. The smell will start to come out and it could affect the structure of your wall, and your neighbors as well.

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