10 Facts About Hoarding


Consequences are more than just a messy home

Most hoarders have to deal with very concerned family or friends once the situation comes to light -- and with good reason. Concerns include an unsanitary living environment, as well as increased risk of falls or fire, thanks to hazardous conditions. Emotionally, however, the potential for long-term effects is just as significant. Left untreated, hoarding behavior can result in severe social isolation, clinical depression and even suicide. And when hoarders seek treatment, they often have a long road ahead of them, since it's a tricky and difficult behavior to manage.

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Digital Hoarding Could Be Harmful to Your Mental Health

Digital Hoarding Could Be Harmful to Your Mental Health

HowStuffWorks looks at the concept of digital hoarding and how it compares with other forms of hoarding.