What Is Compulsive Hoarding
Research has found that hoarding may be a result of problems with a person’s information-processing or as a result of other mental illness or trauma. It may also be a coping mechanism or a way to self-soothe. It may be similar to motivations for substance abuse or other addictions like gambling or eating disorders.
- The acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions.
- Clutter that precludes activities for which living spaces were designed.
- Significant distress and impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding.
- What is the official definition of compulsive hoarding?
- How many people in the U.S. hoard?
- Is there an actual diagnosis for hoarding behavior?
- What is a professional organizer?