There's a link between a person's ability to function optimally, and the anxiety that comes from having to get rid of possessions.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to clinical psychologist, Daniel Rabinowitz, regarding the matter.
Rabinowitz said that shaming people with this disorder isn't always helpful, because their disorder makes them feel better.
Listen to the interview below:
It's a persistent difficulty, to discard possessions. You will continue to collect, and then you'll have this need to save these possessions.— Daniel Rabinowitz, Clinical Psychologist
Rabinowitz said compulsive hoarding becomes problematic, when discarding possessions causes anxiety, even when those items no longer have value or use.
You need to understand that these are perfectly normal people, yet there's something on the part of the frontal brain (that deals with executive functioning and planning) that seems to go wrong.— Daniel Rabinowitz, Clinical Psychologist