Hoarding Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- We often think of OCD as being related to obsessive cleaning or rituals. It is interesting to see the ways it can present itself through other disorders, especially hoarding. OCD is also related to eating disorders, hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking disorders (excoriation).
- Some estimate that as many as 1 in 4 people with OCD also have compulsive hoarding.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Inability to throw away possessions
- Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
- Great difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
- Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
- Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it in the future; checking the trash for accidentally discarded objects
- Functional impairments, including loss of living space, social isolation, family or marital discord, financial difficulties, and health hazards.
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