What is the Difference Between Messy and Hoarding?

Thanks in large part of cable television shows that have popularized and to some extent confused hoarding as mental illness many wonder where the line is between messy and clinical hoarding. So what is the difference? Is there a difference? And are you just messy or are you hoarding?

Hoarding is a compulsion to accumulate things. Often things of little or no value. Hoarders often have a difficult time parting with objects even though they don’t use them or don’t need them. Hoarding also causes significant stress and lead to delusional thinking about one’s possession.

While disorganization and “being messy” can be part of hoarding, being disorganized doesn’t ┬ánecessarily mean you suffer from hoarding.

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