People with hoarding disorder feel anxious or uncomfortable about getting rid of things they don’t need. In addition to that, they feel uncomfortable because they are attached to their possessions and believe that they will need them in the future. In this way, objects can acquire a sentimental value that outweighs their functional value. There is no difference between someone with hoarding disorder and someone without; the difference is the strength of the sentimental value and how many items there are that can be considered sentimental. An overly cluttered house may pose a number of safety and health hazards (excreta, detritus from excess pets, food and trash hoarding, and the risk of stacks of objects collapsing on occupants and blocking exit routes). Hoarders can have a detrimental effect on other people living in the house as well as their neighbors. Hoarding causes job impairment, family stress, and health problems.

Cheap 101: Recommended Reading

On the subject of OCD, there are a number of self-help books available. It is highly recommended for people who have hoarding problems. In addition, it belongs on the shelves of many mental health providers because it caters to the needs of the individuals with this problem. In this book, the world’s foremost experts on compulsive obtaining, hoarding, and saving present their step-by-step approach in an accessible, practical manner that will be beneficial to both individuals who hoard as well as professionals who treat this problem.