Hoarding vs Collecting

29 Sept 2021

There are some similarities and differences between hoarding, Hoarding Disorder, and Collecting.

If you've ever wondered how to differentiate between them, this episode should help!

Show Notes:

Definitions:
- "hoarding": the practice of collecting or accumulating something (such as money or food)" - Merriam Webster Dictionary

- "Hoarding Disorder or Compulsive Hoarding": by doctors Randy Frost and Tamara Hartl
(1) the acquisition of, and failure to discard a large number of possessions that appear to be useless or of limited value;
(2) living spaces sufficiently cluttered so as to preclude activities for which those spaces were designed; and
(3) significant distress or impairment in functioning caused by the hoarding."

- "collector": A hobby involving acquiring items that fit into a certain category of item (could also be a profession as well)

One misconception about the difference between collecting and hoarding is the idea that collectors save things of value and that hoarders save trash. Both hoarding and collecting actually involve assigning special value to possessions, often value that goes beyond the physical characteristics of the object.

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