Hoarding: What Is It?

Hoarding is a disorder characterized by a person’s not only acquiring objects in great excess, but also being unable or unwilling to part with them, causing great personal and family distress. Children who hoard develop overpowering emotional attachments to their possessions, resulting in cluttered rooms and contributing to tension in the family, especially when a parent tries to clean away some of the mess. Children diagnosed with the disorder are so worried about their possessions that it interferes with their functioning.