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.
Source: Mayo Clinic, US
It's estimated to affect between 2 - 6% of the general population. The causes of hoarding disorder are unknown. Currently studied factors include, genetics, brain function disturbances and stress. It's often associated with alcohol dependence.
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