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What is Compulsive Hoarding Disorder?

21:56 - 4 May , 2021


It refers to a mental condition characterized by excessive accumulation of objects, regardless of their monetary value, with symptoms of anxiety when having to get rid of said objects, since the patient feels the need to keep them.

Compulsive hoarding disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe, affecting health and personal, family, and social relationships.

Regularly, those who suffer from this disorder do not recognize or accept it, making diagnosis and treatment even more difficult.

This condition usually occurs in adolescence or youth. However, as a person ages, the accumulation of disordered objects becomes more intense, leaving rooms cluttered with things thus making it very difficult to be with them.

To date, the exact cause of compulsive hoarding disorder is unknown, although the most recent studies point to the following as potential risks for developing it:

  • Family members with the disorder.
  • Genetics.
  • Brain functioning.
  • Personality.
  • High-stress events such as:
    • Death.
    • Material losses.
    • Divorce.

Signs and symptoms Compulsive Hoarding Disorder

  • Accumulating unnecessary things for which there is no space.
  • Anguish when thinking that you must get rid of accumulated objects.
  • Difficulty getting rid of things, regardless of their economic value.
  • Need to store things messily, causing there to be no space in the rooms.
  • Tendency towards evasion, indecision, procrastination, and disorder.

Compulsive hoarding disorder can cause various complications such as:

  • Social isolation.
  • Falls.
  • Unsanitary conditions that are a health risk
  • Legal difficulties.
  • Depression.
  • Injuries.
  • Fires.
  • Loneliness.
  • Family problems.

Diagnosis and treatment Compulsive Hoarding Disorder

After analyzing the symptoms and clinical history, the mental health specialist will perform a psychological examination to rule out other types of personality disorders and confirm the diagnosis.

The ideal treatment for hoarding disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy to help eradicate compulsive ideas and clutter.

Medications may also be prescribed to fight anxiety and depression.

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