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Buried in treasures: there’s more to hoarding than OCD

Hoarding looks weird and is often cruelly parodied on television, where such shows suggest that the solution to a compulsive desire to keep stuff is simply to heroically chuck it out. But for those of us studying and working with people who hoard, it’s clear that for most of them this isn’t enough – not even close. It’s a bit like trying to help someone with depression by asking them to simply smile and get better.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/09/hoarding-ocd-reasons-underpinning-sufferers