Hoarding disorder is when people excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have great diﬃculty getting rid of or separating themselves from possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living spaces, leads to dangerous living environments and often, leads to or complicates serious health issues. Hoarding diﬀers from collecting as “collectors” look for speciﬁc items, like coins or trinkets and proudly display them. People with hoarding disorder often store items haphazardly and even dangerously. Hoarding disorder occurs in an estimated 2 to 6 percent of the general population and often leads to distress and problems functioning.
A person with hoarding disorder displays 3 characteristics: