Hoarding disorder has been officially recognised as a mental illness in DSM-V. The World Health Organisation has also classified hoarding as a medical disorder.
Hoarding can occur in other mental health conditions including depression, psychosis, dementia and obsessive compulsive disorder.
The following resources are useful:
Royal College of Psychiatrists – Hoarding
Dr Waheed has wide experience in the assessment of hoarding. He regularly prepares medico-legal reports in relation to hoarding including issues relating to capacity and disability. He has been instructed by sufferers of the condition facing eviction from their properties and by local authorities/landlords who are seeking to support tenants with the condition.