What are some mental conditions compulsive hoarding is associated with?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Mental health conditions frequently associated with hoarding include:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Hoarding is closely associated with OCD, a condition that includes obsessions, recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images; and compulsions, repetitive behaviors such as hand washing or mental acts such as counting. Hoarding and saving compulsions are relatively common in people with OCD. Nearly 5% have a form that is so disabling they can hardly perform ordinary activities of daily life.
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). An overlapping but distinctly different diagnosis from OCD, where people have a rigid preoccupation with perfectionism, details, and control.
  • Depressive, anxiety, and impulse control disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Phobias
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse
  • Diogenes syndrome, a condition in the elderly marked by self-neglect

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