10 Facts About Hoarding


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Depression is often related

Most hoarders eventually become depressed as their stuff comes to dominate their lives and they feel helpless to dispose of anything.
Most hoarders eventually become depressed as their stuff comes to dominate their lives and they feel helpless to dispose of anything.
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Compulsive hoarders don't typically start off depressed, but more than half of them usually wind up that way [source: International OCD Foundation]. Hoarding often promotes feelings of happiness, since the acquisition of beloved items helps hoarders feel safe and secure. Too often, however, the hoarder becomes overwhelmed with guilt and shame over the appearance of his or her home, which can begin the dangerous downward spiral into clinical depression.