Animal hoarding is its own mental disorder, study argues

Animal hoarding is its own mental disorder, study argues

We can all be packrats at times, letting our homes overflow with junk. But for millions of people, the compulsion to hoard things is a debilitating disorder—and when those “things” are animals, the results can be tragic. Now, a new study suggests the motivations and complexities behind animal hoarding are different enough from other kinds of hoarding that it ought to be classified as a wholly different type of mental disorder. Not all researchers are convinced. “I think the arguments are interesting, but I don’t think they justify considering it distinct just yet,” says Graham Thew, a clinical psychologist who...

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