Hoarding is classified in DSM 5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as a separate from OCD. Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the US
Signs of Hoarding
- Buildup of clutter that blocks either pathways, furniture, or entire rooms
- Overwhelmed or loss of energy feeling upon seeing or entering a room with clutter
- Not letting anyone inside including repairmen and avoiding inviting anyone over
- A need to take free items (condiment & sugar packets, flyers) regardless of need
- Losing important items in the clutter like bills, legal documents, and favorite items
- A purchasing items without an immediate need or stocking up unnecessarily
- Replacing a new appliance and putting it next to the broken one
- ABCT – Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
- ADAA – Anxiety and Depression Association of America https://members.adaa.org/search/custom.asp?id=4685
- IOCDF – International OCD Foundation
- Lee County – http://leehoardingtaskforce.com/
- Pasco County – http://www.pascocountyfl.net/2846/Hoarding-Task-Force
- Volusia County Hoarding Task Force – contact Richard Lovett by email at email@example.com, or call 2-1-1
- Hoarding is linked to a traumatic event, childhood abuse, or neglect
- There are different types of hoarding.
- Hoarding runs in the family.
- Hoarding can affect the mind causing stress, anxiety, and loss of energy.