[LISTEN] Tips on how to deal with hoarding disorder

Specialist Psychiatrist Dr Mashadi Motlana says a lot of people do display hoarding disorder but not to the extent of needing clinical attention.

Compulsive hoarding: A persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Motlana says the disorder happens progressively over time.

It is the inability to discard possessions, acquiring and discarding possessions.

Dr Mashadi Motlana, Specialist psychiatrist

The hoarders often will accumulate things that have little value like newspapers, things they can't shred and memorabilia from their childhood.

Dr Mashadi Motlana, Specialist psychiatrist

Dr Motlana says hoarding becomes a disorder is when there is a dysfunction.

The hoarding is experienced as the inability to discard and causes them a great deal of anxiety. There is a high occurrence of depression and anxiety associated with this disorder.

Dr Mashadi Motlana, Specialist psychiatrist

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