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Why People Hoard and How Therapy is Helpful for Hoarders

Why People Hoard and How Therapy is Helpful for Hoarders

Therapy for Hoarders and What studies have shown Everyone can benefit from therapy and mental health resources. We at Spaulding Decon, encounter traumatic scenes daily. Whether it is a suicide, crime scene or hoard, we are cognizant that these scenes can leave a...

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How To Handle Unattended Deaths Remotely

How To Handle Unattended Deaths Remotely

Dealing with an Unattended Death in another State Handling the death of a family member is never easy. In this blog post, we will address a specific situation; when a family member's death is unattended, and you don’t live in their area. This can be a stressful,...

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Unattended Death Investigation Process

Unattended Death Investigation Process

Unattended Death Investigation Process Some unattended deaths are considered suspicious when foul play is suspected. Law enforcement will use forensic science and investigation techniques to calculate every detail of the victim's death, including time, place, and...

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6 Guidelines for Safe Suicide Clean Up

6 Guidelines for Safe Suicide Clean Up

Dealing with the Effects of a Recent Suicide Losing a loved one to suicide is an experience no one should have to endure. The trauma that suicide leaves is devastating and incredibly daunting. According to the CDC, suicide was a leading cause of death in the US in...

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Unattended Death Biohazard Problems and Considerations

Unattended Death Biohazard Problems and Considerations

Unattended Death Biohazard Problems and Considerations If somebody dies at home unexpectedly and they’re alone, it is called an unattended death. Typically, the body isn’t found for days, weeks, or months. At the end of the significant emotional toll left by an...

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How to Handle a Suicide on your Property

How to Handle a Suicide on your Property

Coming into the scene of a suicide can be quite traumatic for anyone, especially family members of the deceased. If someone commits suicide on your property or another location, you will need to clean up the biohazard or remains as law enforcement does not do this. ...

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Level 5 Hoarding Explained

Level 5 Hoarding Explained

The Cause and Remedies of Extreme Hoarding SituationsHoarding is a serious disorder that entails the obsessive accumulation of personal belongings, animals, or trash. The hoarder is overcome by a perceived need to keep excess things. Life-altering...

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Level 4 Hoarding Explained

Level 4 Hoarding Explained

  How to know if your Hoarding Situation has reached Level 4  The National Study on Compulsive Disorganization created a scale to help categorize hoarding behavior into 5 stages. This scale helps those in the periphery of the hoarder’s life to step...

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Level 3 Hoarding Explained

Level 3 Hoarding Explained

Hoarding is a complicated condition highlighted by the obsessive and irrational need to keep things like trash and excessive belongings. The National Study on Compulsive Disorganization has developed a scale that defines the levels of hoarding to aid...

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Level 2 Hoarding Explained

Level 2 Hoarding Explained

 The Institute of Challenging Disorganization published a Clutter-Hoarding scale that classifies hoarding behavior into five levels. Hoarding is characterized by the irrational need to keep possessions, trash, or animals.  Level 2 Hoarding is the second...

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Level 1 Hoarding Explained

Level 1 Hoarding Explained

 What is Level 1 Hoarding?Level 1 hoarding is the least severe of the hoarding levels, and it often goes unrecognized by outside observers and the hoarder. The first phase of many Hoarding Disorders can include the following characteristics: Difficulty parting with...

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Getting Help for a Family Member Who Is a Hoarder

Getting Help for a Family Member Who Is a Hoarder

 Do you have a family member you believe might be a hoarder? If you suspect that someone in your family could be suffering from hoarder disorder, it is natural to want to help them, and it is what family should do. However, there are right and wrong ways...

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What Causes Compulsive Hoarding?

What Causes Compulsive Hoarding?

  Hoarding Affects over 4% of the U.S. Population Compulsive Hoarding is a mental disorder that affects about 4 percent of the U.S. population. Each case of compulsive hoarding is different and can be triggered by various factors. In 2013 the latest DSM...

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Overcoming the Hoarder Mentality

Overcoming the Hoarder Mentality

  Overcoming the Hoarder Mentality Most people are familiar with the term hoarding. Whether they read about it online or in a magazine, or they saw the eponymous television show, they understand at least the basics of the issue. Hoarding is a disorder that...

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