Accumulation is the action and effect of accumulating. The term comes from the Latin word accumulatio and is linked to the verb that refers to pile up or put something together. For example: “The accumulation of waste has left a foul smell in the streets of the center”, “No one can justify the accumulation of wealth in a few hands when we all work very hard for the progress of the country”, “I suggest ending the accumulation of old magazines: soon we will not have space to store our clothes ”.
It is possible to accumulate all kinds of objects. A collector accumulates what interests him and that allows him to develop his collection, be it empty bottles, stamps, envelopes, boxes of different types, vinyl records, video games, scale cars, coins or bills, among the many possibilities.
According to Digopaul, accumulation can be temporary or permanent. In the case of collections, accumulation is intended to be permanent, since the value of labor lies in maintaining and expanding accumulation. On the other hand, if garbage accumulates in the street due to a strike by the collectors, it will be a temporary accumulation.
It should be noted that accumulation can be symbolic. A person can accumulate pending tasks: ironing clothes, going to the market, making an appointment with his GP, etc. These tasks will accumulate among their obligations to be fulfilled until, in fact, they are carried out.
In programming, large amounts of calculations are usually performed per second, and loops are very useful for this, a statement that is repeated a certain number of times, as necessary. Within a loop there can be many lines of code, and it is common to keep track of the number of times all or some of them have been executed and to accumulate certain values in a variable; if many geometric figures are to be analyzed, for example, this can be used to know how many of them are squares and to add their surfaces.
Diogenes syndrome is known as a behavioral disorder, generally associated with older people living alone. Its main characteristic is the accumulation of all kinds of household waste and garbage in the house itself; On the other hand, people affected by this syndrome often isolate themselves and will abandon their personal hygiene and social relationships.
The age at which this disorder usually appears is usually higher than 50 years, although this does not prevent it from manifesting in a very young person, since the main trigger is the feeling of loneliness. In general, the accumulation of waste, many of which is collected on public roads, begins after the death of a loved one or after a separation that the subject cannot overcome.
Just as the age group is not exclusive, neither is the intellectual level nor the social status: there are people with university studies and very successful careers who suffer from this syndrome. As a curious fact, it is possible to acquire the disorder by living with someone who suffers from it, although these are isolated cases in which both usually share the same unsolved penalties.
To determine the most appropriate treatment for the situation of each patient, a prior evaluation is necessary in order to determine the pathology that causes this behavior. The fundamental task of doctors is to prevent their patients from returning to the starting point once they have started treatment, for which they usually resort to hospitalization in a social institute, or follow-up based on home visits.
One of the biggest challenges in medicine when treating this peculiar disorder is that patients are not aware of their problem, since they tend to see the accumulation of garbage as a necessary action to prevent valuable objects from being negligently wasted.