Question: I’m 15 and I don’t think anything is wrong with me but I read an article in the Seventeen magazine and while reading it I saw something about “hoarders” and some of those things I see in my mother she saves magazine papers, magazines, bills from the stores, coupons, she buys a lot of little figurines, Tupperware, perfume and creams, she likes things done her way I’m having doubts that could be caused by OCD. We recentley used The Cluttered House Clearance Company to clear my grandmas house which was extremely hoarded. I am worried my mum is going the same way.
Answer 1: She may have mild OCD, but many people save things like this. If it does not bother her or anyone else and the place is not a disaster area, I would not worry about it. You could talk to her about this if you think it is a problem with her. Best wishes!. Continued near the bottom of this page.
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Answer 2: It is impossible to be sure but your mother could have a problem with OCD or something else. If she is not disturbed by it she is unlikely to do anything to change or seek professional help.
Answer 3: Lots of people have what is sometimes called “subclinical” or “shadow” OCD, meaning they have some of the symptoms, but the symptoms are relatively mild and don’t interfere too much with their life. Also, lots of people collect figurines, and some can get carried away by it. Saving magazines and newspapers or truly useless pieces of paper is more likely to get you labeled as OCD, because there’s less of a “good reason” to save that stuff. Most people I know, including myself, like to have things done “their way” (in my case, it’s because it’s the best, most sensible way). The bottom line is, does it interfere significantly in her life?
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