Proceed Cautiously When Responding to a Hoarding Problem

Proceed Cautiously When Responding to a Hoarding Problem



By Carol Johnson Perkins, Esq.

With the popularity of reality TV shows, hoarding is on everyone’s mind. Many of us collect or keep objects—perhaps more than we should—because they have sentimental value or we may “need them someday.” But compulsive hoarding is more than simply having too much clutter—it’s now recognized as a mental health disorder, under the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) adopted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) earlier this year.

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