There are a number of different obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), but hoarding is the latest to enter the spotlight on reality television. More than 2 million individuals suffer from the condition in the U.S., according to the Connecticut Post. Although there are a handful that have their cases featured on cable networks, many people are living in secrecy.
Experts say that there is a definitive difference between people who have trouble keeping up with household chores and people who have no room to live comfortably in their own homes. For instance, an individual who lacks the space to cook a meal in between their clutter may be suffering from a mental health condition, medical professionals told the news source. Their inability to control their collecting habits has become detrimental to their lives.
Many doctors believe that hoarding can develop after an individual endures trauma. People who have the obsessive-compulsive illness may not realize that their habits are a result of a traumatic incident. However, individuals who are aware that their hoarding is a problem may also suffer from anxiety.
Symptoms of OCD typically show in adolescence, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Counseling may be able to help individuals manage the illness and live normal lives.