This HND piece starts off discussing pathological hoarding, and then segues into the far more common problem of clutter—both physical and mental.
What's the difference between living in a cluttered house and being a hoarder? Ultimately, the hoarder will find it difficult or impossible to remove items to clean up the mess, until such point that it might become life-threatening. But, there are also hoarders who are extremely neat, and given enough space, could easily hide their compulsion.
That's why we also discuss a "Structured Interview for Hoarding Disorder," identifying six criteria, all of which must be met to give the examiner a diagnosis of pathological hoarding. We then introduce you to professional organizer Carmen Coker, who can help you get organized virtually.
Read the complete article.