Hoarding (difficulty of parting with possessions) officiall
Five years after the NHS recognised hoarding disorder, World Health Organisation follows suit, describing hoarding as an ‘accumulation of possessions due to excessive acquisition of or difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value’.

It joins gaming disorder and olfactory reference disorder (a condition that makes you believe you smell bad) as conditions newly recognised as medical disorders this year.

Those with a hoarding disorder are typically recommended cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and may be prescribed antidepressants.

When does collecting become hoarding?

When you collect items such as stamps, mugs, or postcards, you’ll usually keep them well-ordered and easily accessible, whether that’s in a display case, a scrapbook, or a box. People who hoard, however, tend to keep items in an extremely disorganised state, letting them take up a lot of room in the house.

Hoarding is considered a serious problem when the clutter interferes with everyday living (such as blocking off access to a room) or is causing significant distress to the person or their family.

Items hoarded have little or no monetary value, but if someone tries to clear the clutter, someone who hoards will become very upset.

Symptoms of hoarding are:

-Keeping or collecting items that have little or no monetary value
- Finding it hard to organise items
- Difficulty managing everyday tasks
- Being extremely attached to items and becoming upset if people try to touch, borrow, or tidy them
- A poor relationship with family or friends
- Difficulty making decisions
- An extremely cluttered home

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/16/hoarding-now-officially-recognised-medical-disorder-7846267/
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