Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions because they can't care for them properly.
Hoarding disorder affects emotions, thoughts and behavior. Signs and symptoms may include: Persistent inability to part with any possession, regardless of its value, Excessive attachment to possessions, including discomfort letting others touch or borrow them or distress at the idea of letting an item go, Cluttered living spaces, Keeping stacks of newspapers, magazines or junk mail, Letting food or trash build up to unusually excessive, unsanitary levels, Acquiring unneeded or seemingly useless items.
Treatment and Statistics
Treatment of hoarding disorder can be challenging because many people don't recognize the negative impact of hoarding on their lives or don't believe they need treatment. There are two main types of treatment for hoarding disorder - psychotherapy and medications. According to World health rankings the effect of (Age Standardized) Hoarding disorder patients Per 100,000 people was found to be 6.45% during the year 2014-2015".