The Biggest Health Risks of Hoarding

Mitch Teemley

My Featured Blogger this week is actually a journalist, Jocasta Lennon, a freelance writer “with a passion for the eclectic and unusual.” When Jocasta first approached me, I was delighted that she considered this a place for talented new writers to be discovered. But it wasn’t until stories began to emerge of massive hoarding during the current pandemic that the time seemed right. Some people are simply going overboard, of course. But others, reports say, have grown dangerously obessessed.


Keeping souvenirs from trips [or stocking up for unexpected crises] is one thing, but when this habit amounts to hoarding, it can wreak havoc on your health and happiness! Just this month, an obsessive hoarder, James Petit, was found buried beneath so much rubbish that it took five hours to remove the man’s body from his home. This has happened to between five and 14 million people. Hoarding can run…

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