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Hoarding vs Clutter Phobia

Hoarding vs Clutter Phobia

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Hoarding vs Clutter Phobia, which one is really OCD?

Why is the media so fixated on OCD being about hoarding, when hoarding is the opposite of everything that OCD stands for? People with OCD tend to be organized, neat freaks and clean. Hoarders on the other hand are disorganized, messy and a general health and safety hazard. They could not be further from the definition of obsessive compulsive disorder if they tried.
Hoarding vs Clutter Phobia, which one is really OCD?

Why is the media so fixated on OCD being about hoarding, when hoarding is the opposite of everything that OCD stands for? People with OCD tend to be organized, neat freaks and clean. Hoarders on the other hand are disorganized, messy and a general health and safety hazard. They could not be further from the definition of obsessive compulsive disorder if they tried.

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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.
Hoarders
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
feeling
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."
 
I therefore propose that we debunk the hoarding myth and get theworld to understand that clutter phobia, when taken to it's extreme, isa real and distressing symptom of OCDthat deserves to be recognized.
I am using the term 'clutter phobia' to describe people who areso strict about what comes into and what remains in theirhome, that it causes
major distress and/or disruption to daily living. Ihave also heard it calledObsessive Compulsive Spartanism, which isgood news, as the first step to recognizing something is naming it.Sadly though, The American Psychiatric Association does not officiallyrecognize obsessive compulsive spartanism as a psychiatric disorder.Even more frustrating is that, in the
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM) IV, hoarding has been categorized as asymptom of OCD. Thankfully and finally hoarding will be classified as aseparate illness in the DSM V edition, due to be published in 2013.It is very important to note that obsessive compulsive spartanism hasNOTHING to do with contaminationOCD(cleaning, hand washing etc).And that just like cleaning and checking, clutter phobia can stand aloneand cause plenty of distress as is.I would suggest that clutter phobia (or obsessive compulsivespartanism) manifests itself as follows:1) Need to have minimum things in your home.2) Need to have specific numbers of everything that you do have inyour home.3) Everything must fit into a category, or you cannot have it at all4) Everything has a very specific place. TheOCDpart is the constant editing: Is this the right shelf for mybooks, why do I have 6 pairs of trousers, maybe I should have five? Ascrewdriver doesn't fit into any of my acceptable categories, so I won'thave one even if it means constantly bothering the neighbor to borrowtheirs. I know I'm about to miss my flight but I can't leave the houseuntil I am happy that my kitchen cabinet doesn't look cluttered.Because this brand of OCDnever appears in any of the textbooks, andis never spoken about, it is likely there are many sufferers out therestruggling in silence and wishing they had any other more famousOCD symptoms instead, just so they wouldn't feel so weird and alone. Someunfortunate souls probably have no idea they haveOCDat all, and thattreatment is available, just as it is to otherOCDpatients.

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