Hoarding is a threat to fire safety in Greater Toronto Area Properties.
Hoarding is not a new phenomenon. However, it has become better known in recent years due to the popularity of reality tv shows about hoarding and its recent inclusion in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of physiological disorders. Before 2013, hoarding symptoms had been lumped in with obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or anxiety disorder. Hoarding symptoms have also been associated with depression, post-traumatic stress, and dementia. It is more common among the elderly, but studies have shown hoarding impacts people across ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic lines. An estimated three to five percent of the population suffers from hoarding disorder (Tompkins, 2011).Read More