What is Hoarding?
Hoarding disorder is an ongoing difficulty throwing away or parting with possessions. You may experience distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Gradually, this leads to gathering huge number of items, regardless of their actual value.
Hoarding often creates extremely cramped living conditions with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. For example, you may not be able to cook in the kitchen. When there's no more room inside your home, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage areas.
Hoarding ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, hoarding may not have much impact on your life, while in other cases it seriously affects your daily functioning.
People with hoarding disorder may not see it as a problem, so getting them to take part in treatment can be challenging. Intensive treatment can help you understand how your beliefs and behaviors can be changed so that you can live a safer, more enjoyable life.