Manchester, PA Hoarder Narrowly Escapes House Fire

There are many types of obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), but hoarding is one that has recently been in the spotlight as a result of reality television. Many people who like to call themselves collectors suffer from a disorder commonly known as hoarding. Individuals typically develop the condition after enduring trauma and failing to seek counseling.

Recently, 11 people were rescued from a burning building in Manchester, Pennsylvania, according to WTAE-TV. However, firefighters struggled to remove the survivors from the location because entrances were blocked with piles of trash. A hoarder who had been living in the building had allowed items to build up, creating a mountain of disarray that made it difficult for firefighters to do their job.

Experts say that although television is now shedding light on the disorder, many people still keep it a secret. Hoarders can function normally outside of their home and live in filth behind closed doors. Many people refer to hoarders as lazy, but experts claim that treating the illness involves more than just picking up a few items around the house. Individuals with the condition often have a hard time letting go as a result of enduring trauma.

Approximately 2 million Americans suffer from OCD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Therapy can help hoarders over time.