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How does hoarding disorder differ from ordinary collecting?

This video is meant to expand your general knowledge about living a healthy life and is NOT a substitute for seeking medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before making changes in your health practices, diet and self-care.

In this video, Dr. Jenny Yip, a clinical psychologist specialising in obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, identifies the characteristics of hoarding disorder and explains how it differs from more mundane collecting.

Hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner, usually resulting in unmanageable amounts of clutter. It can cause problems in relationships, social and work activities and other important areas of functioning.

It’s really important to encourage a person who is hoarding to seek help, as their difficulties discarding objects can not only cause loneliness and mental health problems, but also pose a health and safety risk.

Learn more about hoarding disorder here.

View the original video here.

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