Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
When Hoarding Morphs Into a Safety Hazard
May 28, 2013

An estimated 3 percent to 5 percent of Americans suffer from hoarding, which was officially recognized as a disorder this month in a psychiatric diagnostic manual. But the impact of hoarding extends beyond the afflicted individual and relatives in the home: the behavior can also put immediate neighbors at risk, by creating perfect conditions for explosive house fires and infestations of vermin and disease.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/health/when-hoarding-morphs-into-a-safety-hazard.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=1&

 

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