Hoarding, now recognized as a disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, is estimated to affect five percent of Americans, or roughly 15 million.
And the state of Delaware is deciding to do something about it. With a potential 45,000 Delaware residents affected, it has decided to create a government-funded task force to look into this, Delaware Online reports.
“There’s no one of us who can solve the problem by ourselves,” Kathleen Weiss of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said. “It goes across many facets of the community. That’s why we feel the task force is necessary.”
So far, the plan of action is to create an advisory panel to discuss who would be good to create the task force. Once that is determined, the task force will hopefully create support groups for hoarders and continue to discuss how to change things.