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The syllogomania: when to accumulate becomes an illness

The syllogomanie, also known as "compulsive accumulation", is an inappropriate behavior of accumulation of useless and worthless objects which come as and when invading the place of life.

This material invasion can be massive, to the point of obstructing the corridor, to block the access to the bedroom, or to the coffee machine. A real shambles in which the syllogomaniac is not always aware of living. And when he admits it, he may have to use strategies to live outside his home.

Like the hamster who stores his food in his mouth, the squirrel that hides his nuts, or the traditional farmer who stores the seeds during the winter, the syllogoman surrounds himself with newspapers, administrative papers, clothes from which he can not separate. Where the storage of the former is a survival mechanism as such, the trinkets accumulated by the syllogomane provide him with a semblance of material reassurance.

The syllogomanie, under the term of "compulsive hoarding" has been admitted as a psychiatric disorder in its own right in the DSM-5 (Manual of diagnosis of mental illnesses, 5th edition).

Because he hides and is ashamed, the syllogomaniac can conceal or minimize his disorder for several years. It may be a cousin or a colleague of office, perfectly healthy in appearance but never let anyone guess the threshold of his home.

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