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Definition of 'Hoarding'

Hoarding is the act of accumulating and storing an excessive amount of items. It can be a serious problem that can lead to health, safety, and financial issues.

There are many different reasons why people hoard. Some people hoard because they are afraid of running out of things, while others hoard because they find it difficult to let go of things. Hoarding can also be a symptom of a mental illness, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Hoarding can have a number of negative consequences. It can lead to clutter and mess, which can make it difficult to live in a home. Hoarding can also be a fire hazard, and it can attract pests. Hoarding can also lead to health problems, such as respiratory problems and injuries.

Financially, hoarding can be a major problem. Hoarders often spend a lot of money on things they don't need, and they may have difficulty getting rid of things even if they don't use them. Hoarding can also make it difficult to find a job or rent an apartment.

If you think you may be hoarding, there are a number of resources available to help you. You can talk to your doctor or therapist, or you can contact a hoarding support group. There are also a number of books and websites that can provide information about hoarding.

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