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Dr David Mataix-Cols, Ph.D states that:
"Hoarding is highly prevalent (approximately 2-5% of the population – that is potentially over 1.2 million people in the UK alone) and when severe, is associated with substantial functional disability and represents a great burden for the sufferers, their families and society. "
According to lifepod:
"Hoarding Disorder is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a distinct mental health condition.
Hoarding disorder is characterised by the accumulation of possessions due to excessive acquisition of or difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value.
Difficulty discarding possessions is characterized by a perceived need to save items and distress associated with discarding them.
Accumulation of possessions results in living spaces becoming cluttered to the point that their use or safety is compromised. The symptoms result in significant distress or significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning."
Hoarding is not the same as collecting. In general, collectors have a sense of pride about their possessions and they experience joy in displaying and talking about them. They usually keep their collection organised, feel satisfaction when adding to it, and budget their time and money.
Those who hoard usually experience embarrassment about their possessions and feel uncomfortable when others see them. They have clutter, often at the expense of livable space and feel sad or ashamed after acquiring additional items.
Hoarding can be seen as a coping mechanism and not the main diagnosis.
According to the Mental Health Charity Mind, the following could be the possible causes for hoarding:
Hoarding can have a serious negative impact on your well-being. It can cause anger, resentment and depression within the family and relationships thus affecting your emotional and social well-being.
Hoarding can also cause housing problems:
Consequences on your well-being
Together with your therapist, you might:
Our method includes speaking with a therapist online or via telephone prior to my practical work starting.
An assessment is completed to help us to understand more about your situation and help you work out how to make changes.
Solutions for hoarding