People with hoarding challenges excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or workspaces. Hoarding disorder can cause problems in relationships, social and work activities, and other important areas of functioning. Potential consequences of serious hoarding include health and safety concerns, such as fire hazards, tripping hazards, and health code violations. It can also lead to family strain and conflicts, isolation and loneliness, unwillingness to have anyone else enter the home, and an inability to perform daily tasks such as cooking and bathing in the home. Hoarding condition is on a continuum and may vary from one individual to the other and may get progressively worse if there is no intervention.
- The definition of Hoarding Diagnostic criteria for Hoarding Disorder
- How to interface with individuals with Hoarding challenges
- The functional purpose of Hoarding behavior
- Recommended interventions and resources