Disorder (OCD) the only factor
By: Amanda B. Burney
No! There are lot of factors that go into hoarding,
however, I’m only interested in the medical and clinical
factors; such as
Definitions & Additional Facts
“Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by
uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel
compelled to perform.” (Segal et al.)
“Depressed hoarders might react to discarding items with a feeling of loss or
grief…”(Hall et al.) Using neuropsychology, we can measure the psychological
function linked to the brain structure, helping to find the cause of this dejected
Some people might ask, “How do you know if your actually a hoarder?” or
“What’s the difference between hoarding and collecting?”.
Hoarding vs. Collecting
Feel proud of their possessions.
Feel embarrassed by their possessions.
Keep their possessions organized and
Have their possessions scattered randomly;
resulting in the loss of functional living space.
Willingly displays them to others.
Feel uncomfortable with others seeing their
possessions, or outright refuse to let others
view their possessions.
Budget their time and money around their
Often have debt, sometimes extreme. Feel
ashamed, sad, or depressed after acquiring
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