Hoarding Officially a Mental Health Problem

If most people still think that hoarding is just a simple case of untidiness or sentimental attachment to things, then think again. Hoarding, which is associated with individuals’ connection to objects, almost like they are people, is now recognized as an actual illness in the hopes of curing and preventing more people form developing this condition.
And while hoarding is already recognized as a mental health disorder, it will now become official with its inclusion in the upcoming publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (often called the “DSM” for short), an important reference used by mental health professionals and insurance companies, among others.
The new edition of the DSM—called DSM-5—will be released in May by the American Psychiatric Association. It reflects a decade-long process to update and improve the recognition and treatment of mental illness.
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