The New York Times
: "An estimated 3 percent to 5 percent of Americans suffer from
hoarding, which was officially recognized as a disorder this month
in a psychiatric diagnostic manual. But the impact of hoarding
extends beyond the afflicted individual and relatives in the home:
the behavior can also put immediate neighbors at risk, by creating
perfect conditions for explosive house fires and infestations of
vermin and disease."
"Across the country, local officials...
have begun grappling with hoarding as a serious public health
hazard. More than 85 communities -- from San Jose, California, to
Wichita, Kansas, to Portland, Maine -- have established task forces,
hoping to stave off catastrophes and help hoarders turn their
Labels: affliction, disorder, fixation, hazard, health, hoarding, junk, obsession