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Old 03-24-2019, 05:39 AM   #11
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It would be a separate dx. Hoarding is not a symptom of bipolar.

As others have mentioned (and what you wonder), mania can (though not always) include spending sprees where a bunch of stuff is accumulated. But as BirdDancer pointed out, those without a co-morbid hoarding issue would tend to return/get rid of/organize/whatever. Hoarding got tucked under the OCD/anxiety umbrella, though I remember reading that they were thinking of putting it as its own separate disorder (I don't know if that happened or not.)

Personally, I am the anti-hoarder, lol. My mother is a hoarder (she has multiple issues) and I'd be damned before I'd go down that path. I majorly purge possessions with ease. I live comfortably and spaciously in 250 sq ft.


I still have my giant statue of the titanic from my last mannic shopping spre

I honestly don't know what to do with it

or the tins of catfood I got as well (I don't have a cat)

someone once suggested to donate the cat food to a charity, but get this, I feel bad about giving it up
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Old 03-24-2019, 10:32 AM   #12
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...or the tins of catfood I got as well (I don't have a cat)

someone once suggested to donate the cat food to a charity, but get this, I feel bad about giving it up
And that is the classic hoarding reaction. Feeling anxious/bad when faced with getting rid of useless things. Quite sure that's why they've had it under the anxiety umbrella.

By way of contrast, I get anxious/stressed when there is too much stuff around. (Hear ya, Christina!) I find a more minimalist environment calming.

I'll give stuff away just to get it out of my sight. Big stuff (recently, stereo system), small stuff, doesn't matter. I've often wanted to just literally THROW stuff out on the lawn and shout, "come and get it!". (I do put larger items out with free signs). Excess gets on my nerves THAT much.
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Old 03-24-2019, 11:47 AM   #13
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Let me clarify that I give the shirt off my back.
You don't have to ask.
Just stare at one iterm more than 3 seconds.
Most of the time, I don't regret it. I'm a giver.

I buy stuff for other people all the time.
And make a huge donation to Goodwill at the end of the year.
Itemized.
Rather than making a garage sale.

I don't want people to see what I got.
Not out of shame, but out of fear they might try to steal it.
Althought security is apparent since you get in the lawn.
I've never published any of my stupid collections anywhere.
People with 10% what I got, publish all the time.

Complicated OCD hoarder dude here, lol.

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And that is the classic hoarding reaction. Feeling anxious/bad when faced with getting rid of useless things. Quite sure that's why they've had it under the anxiety umbrella.



By way of contrast, I get anxious/stressed when there is too much stuff around. (Hear ya, Christina!) I find a more minimalist environment calming.



I'll give stuff away just to get it out of my sight. Big stuff (recently, stereo system), small stuff, doesn't matter. I've often wanted to just literally THROW stuff out on the lawn and shout, "come and get it!". (I do put larger items out with free signs). Excess gets on my nerves THAT much.


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The last person I was involved with was a hoarder. It seriously lowers one's quality of life.

Not only did he have unusable rooms but there were pathways in the so called usable ones. He couldn't eat at his dinner table because it was covered with stuff. He couldn't cook in his kitchen without having to move things out of the way. He thought of himself as a collector rather than a hoarder. For awhile he moved in with me and bought piles of stuff with him. When he left he took a bunch of my stuff with him as if he didn't have enough already.

He was not bipolar or ocd or have social anxiety although he invented a personal life history that had no bearing to reality. He lied about big things and small, but that is also not a diagnosable disorder... I ended up with the belief he had a personality disorder.
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I'm bipolar and do not hoard. If anything I systematically purge every so often and get rid of everything I'm not currently using. Clothes I no longer like and so on. I just did this. Bags and bags donated away. My mother wasn't a classic hoarder but wouldn't part with things and had so much stuff. Maybe that's why I clear all my things out? Dunno. But I can't live with too much stuff..
—-me too, I actually feel high to get rid of things as well as when finding something special like sparkly shoes! Can’t find anything w too much stuff!
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