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What Does Hoarding Disorder Look Like?

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“All the horizontal surfaces are covered,” says Dr. Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., the Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Smith College.

He is describing a textbook case of hoarding disorder and a patient with whom he has worked: “A random amalgam of things — newspapers, ribbons, egg cartons, and wrapping paper — covers the kitchen table, save for a tiny corner for the patient and her two children to eat their meals.

They can’t sit down at the same time to eat. So, the clutter has affected how the family functions. Teapots sit on the stove right beside a pile of papers.

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