Hoarding seems to be a growing problem. Isn't it listed in the DSM?
I had/have personal experience with relatives and hoarding. There are different levels of hoarding and I haven't had to deal with the worst (no access into the home, hygiene issues, unsanitary conditions)--thank goodness! But still, the hoarding was clearly irrational.
Because of all the stress of dealing with family members who hoard even on a lesser level, my family and I have taken a very zen-like approach to things coming into our home. Compared to the rest of American society, we "have" very few "things."
Oh, I just saw my earlier post. Sorry for the repetition!
Looking forward to your article, Dr. Hershey!