Compulsive hoarding is the acquisition of and failure to use or discard, such a large number of seemingly useless possessions that it causes significant clutter and impairment to basic living activities such as mobility, cooking, cleaning, showering or sleeping. A person who engages in compulsive hoarding is commonly said to be a “pack rat”, in reference to that animal’s apparent fondness for material objects. However, according to Fox New, compulsive hoarding may in fact be inherited.
OCD is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) aimed at reducing the anxiety. Recently however, OCD has been drastically more impacting teenagers than the rest of the population. According to the National Health Insurance Corporation, the number of teenagers diagnosed with the disorder jumped 58 percent from 1,824 in 2005 to 2,878 last year.