"There isn't always a correlation if people grew up, for example, in a family that hoarded. It doesn't usually happen that it's learned in this way, but it can be," he says. "So we're still learning about it. Not enough studies have been done on it."Adds [Stephen M. Mechanick]: "The condition overlaps with obsessive compulsive disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disorder. There is a compulsive . quality that causes people stress to part with things. Of the psychiatric disorders, it's one that hasn't been studied that much because people don't often present themselves for treatment.""When it turns into accumulating vast amounts and numbers of things in boxes, on shelves and on the floor, and it begins to interfere with normal living where there are piles and piles everywhere," he says, "and when people start to isolate themselves and become withdrawn, and when they can't get any work done . . . it's a major concern."
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