Hoarding has gotten a good deal of attention in the media over the last few years, and many of us are familiar with the fact that hoarding and obsessive-compulsive disorder are often related. The DSM-5, which is the classification and diagnostic tool of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), lists both hoarding and OCD in the category of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. In some cases, hoarding is even seen as a compulsion in OCD.
But what about the opposite of hoarding? What if you aren’t able to keep anything? What if you feel compelled to rid yourself of your belongings and can’t bear the thought of any “stuff” hanging around?