What Is Hoarding?
Hoarding involves extreme attachment to personal possessions and, consequently, great difficulty letting go of objects that other people would easily discard, donate, or recycle. After a while, possessions start to build up so that important parts of the home cannot be used for routine activities such as preparing food or socializing. People with hoarding may experience emotional distress or strained relationships due to clutter in the home, their difficulty discarding, or acquisition of additional items.
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