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The excessive collection of items and the inability to discard them is called hoarding. Usually, hoarding creates cramped living conditions, in which homes could be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people may also collect animals and keep dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions.
Also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome, hoarding could be a symptom of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). However, many people who hoard don't have other OCD-related symptoms, and researchers are still working to better understand hoarding as a distinct mental health problem.
Treatment for hoarding is challenging because people who hoard don't see it as a problem. However, intensive treatment could help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live a safer, more enjoyable life.
Prepared by: Scientific Section
Usually, the countertops, sinks, desks, stoves, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are stacked with stuff in the homes of people who engage in compulsive hoarding. The clutter could spread to the garage, vehicles and yard when there's no more room inside.
The exact cause of hoarding is still not clear. Hoarding is believed to occur on a continuum, although some people may simply be considered harmless pack rats, however, others may have a more severe form of collecting that is life-threatening. Some of the likely triggering factors could be genetics and upbringing, because this condition is more likely to affect those with a family history of hoarding.
A variety of complications could be caused by hoarding, such as:
Treating hoarding is usually a challenge, and meets with mixed success. Many people who have this disease don't believe that they need treatment or don't recognize the negative impact of hoarding on their lives. In case the possessions or animals of these people offer comfort, the situation mentioned above could be especially true. When the animals of people who suffer from hoarding are taken away, they may collect more to help fulfill emotional needs.
Samir Moussa M.D.
Yaser Habrawi , F.R.C.S.Ed
Dr. Tahsin Martini
Dr . Dirar Abboud
Dr. Faisal Dibsi
Dr. Talal Sabouni
Dr. Samer Al-Jneidy
Dr. Hani Najjar