What is hoarding?

Collecting and saving our possessions is a normal human behaviour, but for some adults it can get out of control.

When collecting and saving is severe, it can not only affect ourselves and our families, but make our homes unsafe and may damage our relations with neighbours.

This behaviour has been identified as hoarding, which has been classified as a mental health illness and can be defined as:

  • Not being able to part with possessions even if they do not have a ‘value’
  • Strong urges to save items
  • Feelings of distress and anxiety about discarding possessions
  • Collecting a large number of possessions that fill up rooms in the home or workplace so they cannot be used for their intended purpose e.g. you can’t cook in the kitchen or sleep in the bedroom.

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