I've been trapped in my mother's house ever since I was a young girl (I'd say around 8 years old, I'm 23 now) and ever since I can remember, she has had a severe hoarding problem. I'm not quite sure how old she is exactly due to how defensive she has been over her age, but I estimate she's over 60+ years old now. I had to grow up quickly to take care of her and deal with her hoarding issues along with what I assume are horrible mental issues, judging on the way I was raised. There's a lot of story I could tell, but the jist of it is, I can't support her and I don't even have the tools to support myself due to how isolated I was growing up and how I wasn't allowed an education.
I have no other family or even friends to help me figure this out and I'm reaching my limit. Something has to change, but I don't know how to move forward, so I'm trying forums and extensive research to try to make a difference. I've tried talking to her about ways to help with her hoarding issues, but she's in denial, refuses help and doesn't want me or anyone else touching her mess because there's 'good stuff here'. She's also very emotionally abusive, so trying to reason with her is difficult in its own right.
There's mold on the walls, a mice infestation, no working plumbing, barely any lighting, all sorts of garbage and useless cluttered piled up, sewage in the bath tub -- plenty of health hazards and the common 'goat trail' where things are too stuffy to navigate other than a designated, suffocating pathway that threatens to trip you up every time you attempt to navigate it. Rotten food, animal feces, the list goes on.
I have no idea what to do. Should I turn her in to Social Services? The Health Department? Something? I feel lost and I'm barely coping. If someone has some guidance, I'd appreciate it.