Progress made in the study of Hoarding Disorder allows to diagnose it as an independent pathology

Hoarding Disorder is defined as the tendency to accumulate useless objects, of which it gets difficult to get rid of. As a result of this behaviour, homes end up packed with objects, which makes daily life difficult. It is estimated that those affected by this disorder may occupy more than two thirds of the habitable space, that is between 70% and 74%.

Around 6% of the population in western countries has a problematic accumulating behaviour that may reach pathology. That is why the figure of individuals with hoarding disorder represents a difficult to stipulate inferior prevalence. “This type of patient does not usually request consultation by himself. It’s relatives who urge them to request help when the situation at home becomes unbearable. Besides, it has been in the last 3 or 4 years when, on the basis of different studies, this disease has begun to be considered an independent pathology. For this reason it’s difficult to determine the number of affected individuals”, explains the Dr. José Manuel Menchón, from the Psychiatry Department at Bellvitge University Hospital.

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