How to Tell If You Are a Hoarder

Hoarding is an anxiety disorder in which a person fails to throw away a large number of possessions that have no value. Hoarding is believed to be a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. Approximately 2 to 5 percent of the United States population is thought to have a full-blown hoarding disorder. Hoarders usually retain a great deal of possessions in their homes and cars and may claim that they have a personal attachment to each item that prevents them from parting with it.

7. Parts of The Home Become Unusable

Hoarders tend to have so many possessions in their home they cannot move easily. Likely things are preventing or blocking a person from physically moving about the home. Furniture may be entirely covered with clutter that reaches higher up the wall. Eventually, there will only be a pathway to maneuver throughout the home or a person may have to walk over clutter to get through a room – not a pleasant experience.