10 Facts About Hoarding


The cause is often environmentally related

Although the brain's composition can increase a person's likelihood to hoard, it's pretty safe to say that plenty of people resist the tendency. In fact, environmental factors are strongly believed to play a significant role in the development of hoarding behavior. For example, having a family history dramatically increases a person's likelihood of becoming a hoarder, so upbringing, as well as genetic predisposition, can influence development of the disorder.

In addition, roughly half of all hoarders have some history of significant alcohol dependence [source: Mayo Clinic].