Child ADHD and Hoarding
According to Dr Frost, at least one study has found that ADHD in children predicts the development of hoarding. Now, that doesn’t mean that a child with ADHD will develop a hoarding problem, but children with ADHD are more likely to develop a hoarding problem than children without ADHD.
Children with hoarding problems sometimes have an abnormal level of personification, known as anthropomorphising. This is when children worry about the feelings of the object. While personification and imaginative play is a normal part of childhood, in a hoarder, it can become excessive. If a child is suspected to have a hoarding problem, either with or without ADHD, it’s key for them to work with therapists and mental health professionals as early as possible.
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