A person exhibiting hoarding behavior is in a constant state of disarray and disorganization, filling their home, workspace, car, and yard with newspapers, junk mail, clothing, broken gadgets, and more. Suggestions from well-meaning friends or family members to clean up and throw away some of their possessions cause extreme stress and anxiety. Compulsive buying and constant bargain-hunting are early signs of hoarding behavior. The individual may hoard free items such as condiment packets from restaurants. They often feel embarrassed about their living conditions or have an intense fear of someone touching or removing their possessions. These symptoms often lead to social withdrawal.
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