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Hoarding Disorder just might be more common than you think

Millions of Americans collect so much stuff that mental health experts call their obsession a disorder. 9Wants to Know takes a closer look at the issue of hoarding.

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While extreme cases like the one involving people like Chuck Frary generate headlines, the American Psychiatric Association says as many as six percent of Americans have a form of hoarding disorder.

That’s 19.5 million people. That’s more than the number of bipolar and autistic Americans combined.

For weeks, the talented team in the TEGNA Design Tank has been working on this animation to help put the problem into perspective.

Here’s what they came up with.

If you or someone you know struggles with hoarding, find help and more information here: https://iocdf.org/