Knowing whether somebody is a genuine hoarder or not can be a challenge. Many people like to collect things, but hoarding is arguably something fundamentally different.
A hoarder is different from a collector in several ways. First, they cannot throw away possessions of any type. Any recommendation that they do leads to episodes of extreme anxiety and panic.
Hoarders often find it difficult to categorize their possessions and neatly organize them. The utility of one's belongings isn't important to a hoarder. The only thing that matters is holding onto them, just in case they come in handy in the future.
Finally, hoarders can suffer from obsessive thoughts about running out of stuff or needing more of a particular item in the future.
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