The Fact on Hoarding & Hoarders – Infographic


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The Psychology of a Hoarder

Up to 5% of the world’s population displays clinical hoarding.

Children begin collecting objects at 25 months of age. By age 6, nearly 70% of children collect or store things.

Characteristics of a Hoarder

Acquiring large numbers of useless items and neglecting or refusing to get id of them.

Cluttering living spaces so they cannot be used for their intended purposes.

Being incapable of returning borrowed items, sometimes leading to theft.

Stats on hoarders

75% of hoarders engage in excessive buying

50% excessively acquire free items

15% acknowledge their behavior is irrational

Causes of Hoarding

Family – 50% of hoarders grow up with a hoarding family member

Evolution – Some speculate that hoarding was once advantageous, and has been preserved in certain family llines

Genetics – Genetic factors account for 50% of hoarding variance

Treatment for Hoarding

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Positive results. 70% of patients respond to talk therapy based skills training and motivational interviewing.


Mixed results. Scientists don’t fully understand neurological sources of hoarding, so it is difficult to target with medication

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Poor results. Subjects forced to throw away large quantities of objects responded poorly and refused further treatment

Help & Resources for Hoarders

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