What is hoarding?

Hoarding is defined as the acquisition and possession of, and failure to discard, large quantities of objects that appear to be useless or of limited value. People who hoard often feel a need to save these items, and they may feel very upset at the prospect of discarding them. While the hoarding behavior may offer some short-term satisfaction, it typically leads to clutter, unhygienic conditions, and problems in relationships and work life. In severe cases, hoarding can pose a serious risk to health and safety.

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