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Buried in Stuff: Understanding Compulsive Hoarding


WHAT IS COMPULSIVE HOARDING?

Compulsive hoarding is a disorder that involves the accumulation of belongings to such an extent that the resulting clutter renders parts of the living space unusable.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF COMPULSIVE HOARDING?

  • The acquisition and failure to discard a large number of items/possession that are considered by most to be of little or no value
  • These possessions clutter the living space, rendering the space unable to be used in the manner in which it was intended
  • The hoarding behavior causes marked distress or interferes with one’s daily functioning

NOT JUST MESSY

Clutter is a symptom, not the problem. People who hoard form powerful attachments to objects.

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Buried in Stuff: Understanding Compulsive Hoarding

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  1. Great article! I will share it with my client. I’m sure she will find it very informative and helpful. Thanks. Ilissa Banhazl, marriage and family therapy in Glendora

 

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