A recent study has found that hoarders are more likely to have ADHD.
This article by Sharon Morein, published in Inverse, makes the following points:
- Some people have a persistent difficulty parting with possessions, and when these tendencies impair someone’s quality of life, it becomes a condition called hoarding disorder.
- Surprisingly, hoarding disorder did not receive much attention until 2013, when the American Psychiatric Association officially recognized it.
- Hoarding disorder is characterized by persistent difficulties discarding items, regardless of their value.
- Hoarding disorder can lead to significant distress and problems in socializing, work, and other areas of daily functioning.
- Participants involved in hoarding research often report problems with attention, with many believing that they should have received a diagnosis of ADHD. Furthermore, the evidence does seem to support this.
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