Hoarding is Now Classified as a Mental Disorder

DSM-5 of the American Psychiatric Association has revised their mental disorders classification for the very first time since 1994 to reflect scientific advances and medical experience.

Last May 2013, hoarding has been officially categorized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. In line with this, the law – Federal Fair Housing Act – says that equal housing rights should still be given to people belonging in this protected class. Such categories are defined by national origin, gender, race, disability/disorder, and families with children.

By definition of the fair housing law, hoarding is considered as a disability. It says, “Hoarders, as persons with disabilities, have the right to request a reasonable accommodation. A reasonable accommodation is a request for a waiver or change in policies, practices, procedures and services to provide equal access and opportunity in housing for persons with disabilities. There must be a direct connection between the person’s disability and the reasonable accommodation request.”

You can find more information on hoarding being now classified as a mental disability by visiting this page and this site.

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