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“This is not an extension of laziness,” explains Jessica Grisham, an academic from the University of New South Wales who specialises in OCD and compulsive hoarding. “It’s a psychological disorder. Some hoarding patients can get so anxious at the thought of throwing things away that they become physically ill. They will not get better without treatment.”

Some experts think between 200,000 and 500,000 Australians compulsively hoard, but others put the figure closer to 800,000.

“It’s a sleeping giant,” Chris Mogan, a clinical psychologist and expert on hoarding, says. “There is no systematic estimate of how many hoarders there are in any Australian setting. I suspect there are many, many more out there than we are aware of.”


“I’ve found some pretty deplorable conditions that people are living in as the cost of sort of maintaining their independence, because they’re afraid that one thing will lead to another,” says Elaine Birchell, an Ottawa-based hoarding intervention specialist.


1 in 200 Brits is a hoarder: someone who can’t stop collecting things – but can’t bear to throw them out. Hoarding is a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. But it’s a condition filled with shame and guilt. In fact, hoarders are so secretive that even their closest friends might not know the truth….

…Dagenham-based 48-year old William is the first man in Britain to receive an ASBO for hoarding.


K. Ken (Japan)There are many hoarders in Japan too. It looks very difficult to draw a line between healthy hoarding and unhealty one. Especially in our country, the spirit of Mottainai is respected and practiced by many people. So, some boarders are even proud of themselves because they believe they are doing a right thing.

Maki (Japan)
We’re in the same boat in Japan as some people hoard unnecessary things. But not so much television audience has realized it as a syndrome. We see those people curiously rather than out of pity. Regardless of sex, women also hoard things here. Many neighbors are at a loss to the reek as well as the amount. It’s a shame that city officials can intervene to rid of garbage only when their property spills onto a public road.


Alexander (Russia)
My mother is a great hoarder. She keeps the thousands of unusable things in her flat and doesn’t want to throw away them.


ewon (North Borneo)
Yes this mental disorder also exists in my country.

Anna (Belarus)
My schoolmate’s mother was saffering from this disease. We tryed to throw away some stuff when she was out, but she always went to the junk to bring everything back and to take something over. It was awfull. There was just narrow path in the room to walk.

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  • Trinidad & Tobago

    When clutter gets out of control

  • Australia:

    Cluttered lives of hoarders

    Useful websites where you can get information or receive treatment:
    Anxiety Online
    Online treatment for anxiety and related problems (including OCD, depression, social anxiety and trauma.
    Online treatment for OCD

    The Swinburne Psychology Clinic for individual and group treatment
    The Swinburne Psychology Clinic compulsive hoarding and acquisition group (CHAG) program (more information below)
    The Swinburne Psychology Clinic OCD Group program
    International OCD Foundation
    An international website that includes useful information about hoarding.
    Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
    local Victorian Consumer group for people with anxiety, OCD, and
    hoarding problems. This group may also be able to put you in touch with
    relevant consumer groups from other states.
    The Compulsive Hoarding and Acquistion Group (CHAG) Therapy program.
    hoarding is a disabling clinical problem that remains under-reported by
    individuals experiencing the disorder, and undertreated by clinicians.
    It is considered to be present in around 2-5 percent of the community.
    While hoarding is associated with other psychological difficulties, such
    as anxiety disorders, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, it
    is increasingly being recognised as a problem in its own right.
    Swinburne University has recently begun group treatment for hoarding,
    led by Prof Michael Kyrios, along with clinical psychologists Dr
    Christopher Mogan and Dr Richard Moulding.
    Compulsive hoarding is
    where individuals have difficulty discarding items. This leads to the
    person’s living spaces – kitchens, bedrooms, lounge rooms, etc. –
    becoming cluttered to the point where they can no longer be used for
    their designated purpose. For example, people may no longer be able to
    cook in the kitchen, or may not be able to sleep in their beds due to
    their “stuff” getting in the way. Individuals with hoarding face
    increased risks at home, particularly dangers such as possible fires,
    tripping hazards, and difficulties with hygiene.
    Individuals with
    hoarding may save a number of different categories of items. Our own
    research suggests that the most often saved items are clothes; greeting
    cards and letters; bills and bank statements; books; magazines;
    knick-knacks; mementoes and souvenirs; records and tapes; pictures;
    sentimental objects; recipes; wrapping paper; materials; paper; pens;
    gifts; stationery and old things. Other items may be more idiosyncratic –
    including specific electronic equipment; hobby and craft items;
    household items; information; personal and sentimental items; and items
    seen as being useful. Some individuals may hoard animals.
    University’s group-treatment program for hoarding is based on the
    successful individual program developed by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee
    in the US. Basically, this program aims to help with five basic
    aspects of hoarding:
    (a) Information about the nature of Hoarding;
    (b) Helping individuals develop skills in organizing and problem-solving;
    (c) Helping individuals learn to tolerate anxiety when dealing with discarding (i.e., “exposure” work);
    Helping individuals change unhelpful ways of thinking that are
    associated with hoarding (e.g., being responsible for possessions,
    needing possessions to help their memory, etc.)
    (e) Helping individuals control their acquiring/buying.
    have found that being in a group with other individuals can be very
    helpful. In particular, individuals with hoarding can often feel quite
    ashamed of their issues, perhaps refusing to let people into their homes
    so as to not reveal the hoarding, and it can therefore be very powerful
    to meet others with the same problem. Group members also help by giving
    helpful suggestions for dealing with the hoarding, by giving increased
    insight into the problem through their shared understanding, and by
    giving encouragement to people dealing with hoarding.
    The hoarding
    program was adapted for Australia by the Swinburne Psychology Clinic
    with Prof Michael Kyrios’ research group – the Brain & Psychological
    Sciences Research Centre – including psychologists Dr Richard Moulding,
    Dr Maja Nedeljkovic and Dr Christopher Mogan.
    Program Details
    compulsive hoarding group will be open to eight participants and it
    will be run on a low-cost basis. Medicare rebates may be available for
    those who would like to participate. The next Compulsive Hoarding and
    Acquiring Group is set to commence October 2011.

  •  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/hoarders-body-buried-under-junk-in-singapore/story-e6freuz9-1226451341362

    Hoarder’s body buried under junk in Singapore

    August 16, 2012

  •  PETALING JAYA: Compulsive hoarding is a distressing personality disorder
    that affects about 2% of the population, according to psychiatrists.