Originally Posted by W2R
I don't know enough about it to know if this is a psychological illness or not.
While DSM-IV-TR does not list hoarding as a specific disorder in its own right, that apparently will be changed in the next revision (DSM-V
).Make of that what you will.
An argument could be made that it is getting to the point where the APA formally acknowledges just about any
sort of behaviour as a specific mental disorder. As the saying has it, "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail".
"If at any times we must deal in extremes, then we prefer the quiet, good-natured hypocrite to the implacable, turbulent zealot of any kind. In plain terms, we are not so fond of any set of notions, as to think them more important than the peace of society". John Toland, The Description of Epsom (1711)