Obsessive Compulsive Disorders can lead to health and safety risks; potential loss of housing.
What you need to know If you have dealt with hoarding as a social service or housing provider, you know it's serious Washington Post reports that it may be getting worse as some of us age. "Hoarding is different from merely living amid clutter, experts note. It’s possible to have a messy house and be a pack rat without qualifying for a diagnosis of hoarding behavior. The difference is one of degree. Hoarding disorder is present when the behavior causes distress to the individual or interferes with emotional, physical, social, financial or legal well-being." That description echoes the legal definition of a disability, "affecting one or more major life functions." Keep the Fair Housing Act in mind when approaching a hoarding situation.