Compulsive Hoarding

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Compulsive Hoarding is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary. This is the story of Augustine a 68 year old woman from Gretna, Louisiana.

In the past two decades, Augustine has paid more than $30,000 for city mandated cleanups. Augustine’s home is in violation of city code and her gamily fears the house will be condemned and she will have no place to go. According to hoarders expert, Augustine’s house is at a level 5, which is the worst level the house could be rated. She has no gas and for that reason she has no hot water. Her stove is not working and she is not able to wash or dry clothes. Floor boards are going, ceilings are caving in, and plumbing is not working in the home. For this reason the bathrooms are off limits with no possible use.

Augustine have behaviors such as compulsive storing of items that have little to no value which causes her home to be cluttered and hazardous to herself and others. Her attitude is very defensive when it comes to her private property and others telling her what she should and should not keep. She has thousands of pounds of debris which makes mobility in the home almost impossible. Because of her life styles she has lost her relationships with her children. When her son Jason was in grade school he was tormented as a child by other children because of his situation. He said that because the house stunk so badly, he would smell bad as well. He has no memory of his childhood home ever being clean. When he was in the eight grade someone suspected negligence within the home and called the police to his home while he was on his way home from school. The police did not understand how a mother could have her child live in such horrible conditions as well as have animals living with her. The state took control of her situation in regards to the animals and her son and removed them from the home. At that point Augustine begin to...
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