The topic of compulsive hoarding has garnered much attention in recent years in the mainstream media. Compulsive hoarding has been likened to addiction in some discussions of the problem, yet they are very different constructs. Let’s take a look at the what we know about the similarities and differences in order to answer the burning question of why can’t someone clean a hoarder’s home for him/her. For brevity’s sake, let’s look at the two behaviors in simplistic terms (although they are both quite complex):
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