Hoarding Officially Recognized as Mental Disorder

Hoarding Officially Recognized as Mental DisorderSince May, hoarding is officially recognized as a mental disorder. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) will need to confirm that hoarding is a mental disorder and people who experience it now belong to the protected class.

Hoarding belongs to the 11 disorders newly classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition. Though hoarding disorder has long been considered under the Fair Housing Laws as a disability, the APA’s recognition of it as a mental disorder cements effectively this understanding.

Now that hoarders are included among other individuals with mental disabilities, they should be treated by property management teams with more sensitivity and patience.

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