Hoarding disorder

While difficult ethically, managing this behaviour must focus on minimising distress

Last year, for the first time, the DSM-5 published by the American Psychiatric Association included hoarding as a new, distinct disorder within a new chapter on ‘Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders'.1


Nowadays, reality TV shows about hoarding and the occasional well-publicised reports about enforced clean-ups of a home are bringing hoarding more into the public eye.

Perhaps this is not so surprising. Based on international figures, hoarding disorder is thought to affect between 50,000 and 100,000 Australians, of whom about 75%