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Hoarding

Many people like to collect items, or hold on to some things for sentimental reasons.

For some people the desire to have and keep things grows out of control. Their homes become cluttered, often causing a fire or health hazard. They cannot get rid of things that most people see as rubbish. They collect so much it interferes with their relationships, mobility, and ability to do everyday tasks.

This is called hoarding, or compulsive hoarding.

The links and resources below offer some insights into what contributes to hoarding and steps you can take to help yourself or someone close to you.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. September 2016.

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