Hoarding vs Clutter Phobia, which one is reallyOCD?
Why is the media so fixated onOCDbeing about hoarding, whenhoarding is the opposite of everything thatOCDstands for? PeoplewithOCDtend to be organized, neat freaks and clean.
onthe other hand are disorganized, messy and a general health andsafety hazard. They could not be further from the definition of obsessive compulsive disorder if they tried.
The clutter phobes
, however, really do obsess about their space andtheir stuff, organizing, counting, arranging, rearranging and purging,constantly
cluttered even though they live in minimalistic,Spartan conditions.Do hoarders even have the obsessions and compulsions that are sointegral toOCD, or is their hoarding mindless? Most hoarders will tellyou that they don't even know how their hoarding got so out of hand.Is that the meticulous attitude of someone withOCD? I don't think so!It's a mystery how hoarding ever got labeled asOCD. Less than 1% of the population hoards, and 2.5% of the population hasOCD. Accordingto theMayo Clinic, many people who hoard don't have otherOCD-
relatedsymptoms. Furthermore, according toDr Staab of the MayoClinic, "recent functional brain imaging studies suggest a differentpattern of brain activity in patients with hoarding versus other OCDsymptoms. All of these data support the separation of hoarding fromOCD."