Hoarding: The Basics and Symptoms
By the Anxiety & Depression Association of America
By the Institute for Challenging Disorganization
Needing to gauge a loved one’s hoarding problem? Try using this hoarding scale.
Is Hoarding Related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
For many years hoarding was seen as a sub type of OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because of that most studies focused on people with OCD, were seeking treatment for OCD, and who showed symptoms of hoarding as well.
However, 2011/2012 studies started to come out that Hoarding Disorder was actually a disorder of its own and it was often tied to other mental health problems. In fact, the below study by the National Institutes of Health notes that 50.7% of hoarders suffered Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), 24.4% Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), 23.5% lived with Social Phobia, and only less than 20% suffered from OCD. The full study is below.
Comorbidity of Hoarding Disorder
By the National Institutes of Health
Released July 18, 2011
Hoarding Disorder is now categorized as its own disorder and not part of OCD. The American Psychiatric Association includes Hoarding Disorder its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as of 2013.