Allison Ricciardi, Dale O'Leary
Some people like to save things - souvenirs for instance and mementos, treasures from our childhood or those of our children, lovely things bequeathed to us by cherished relatives. And some people like to collect - stamps, coins, figurines, china plates and dishes.
Still other people, a small but significant population, hoard. These individuals save and collect just about anything and struggle to give up even one thing. What is more, they seem powerless to overcome their habit and friends and loved ones feel powerless to help them.
It could well be that our unorganized mess is the symptom of a deeper emotional or psychological issue - a wound perhaps or a hidden trauma, an unresolved grief or a lack of security, a disorder that needs treatment or therapy.