Is a hoarder mentally ill?

Most hoarders suffer from at least one mental health condition. The hoarding may be a disorder on its own or could be a symptom of another mental health problems such as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), depression, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Hoarding affects between 2-6% of the American population and causes distress and malfunctioning at the household level. It affects more men than women, and is more prevalent among the elderly. Hoarders many have mental problems such as perfectionism, indecisiveness, disorganization, and procrastination.

Hoarders quality of life diminished by their chaotic, cluttered, often unhealthy home. Moreover, most hoarders experience dysfunction in important areas of life, such as ability to have normal relationships, get a job, and interact socially with peers.

The condition also takes a toll on families since form of resentment, anger, and frustration. The unlivable conditions in which they live may lead to eviction, divorce, or loss of child custody.

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