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8 Facts on the Physical, Social, and Emotional Impacts of Hoarding


2. Hoarding Symptoms

Symptoms of hording include severe anxiety when they or someone else discards or attempts to discard an item. Patients also experience difficulty organizing possessions and are indecisive, overwhelmed and embarrassed about their collection. They distrust others who try to help.

Obsessive compulsive thoughts plague them in regards to their possessions. They are afraid of needing the item in the future. Other symptoms include pathways through their homes with possessions sometimes piled floor to ceiling, social and marital problems, health hazards and financial problems.

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