Hoarding syndrome is identified through the observation of 3 characteristics:
- difficulty discarding,
- excessive clutter,
- excessive acquisition.
“… it is clear that what a man calls me and what he simply calls mine the line is difficult to draw. We feel and act about certain things that are ours very much as we feel and act about ourselves.”
William James (1890) in the principles of psychology, p. 291.
Read more about Hoarding Disorder here.
Here is a test to evaluate the extent of the behavior in an individual. The purpose of all tests on this site is for education. Do not use this as a diagnosis of any sort.
If you or any person feels like the hoarding limits your daily function or affects your relationships, do seek the services of a licensed psychotherapist.