Monday, May 24, 2010

Hoarding: From Disorganization to Disease

Walk into any basement in America and you're likely to find a room full of random objects like decades-old yearbooks, cassette and VHS tapes, and really anything else imaginable.

"People who hoard may assign a lot of value to these items," said Dr. Deirdre Petrich, who works as a therapist at the PsyCare in Austintown. "They don't view themselves as hoarders, typically."

In its simplest form, hoarding is classified as collecting too many items, difficulty getting rid of items, and problems with organization.

Dr. Petrich breaks down the difference between a true hoarder and someone who is just a pack rat. .."
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