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Why do people hoard? Extract from Understanding Hoarding by Jo Cooke

Myth: People with hoarding issues are just dirty and lazy. Truth: Usually just the opposite is true. But they have often undergone a traumatic experience or had a huge period of instability in their lives. They experience shame and fear, which paralyses them and makes it very difficult to understand how they can return to the way they were before. Incorrect intervention can often cause further trauma if they feel they have been perceived to be someone who they are not.

Jo Cooke’s Understanding Hoarding busts plenty of myths and truths around hoarding, alongside plenty of insights and practical strategies from years of working with people who hoard. In the following extract, you can read some of the fascinating reasons why people hoard, for example, due to anxiety, ADHD, and empty nest syndrome.

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