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Lindsay Lohan Is Not a Compulsive Hoarder

Lindsay Isn't a Compulsive Hoarder; She Has a Messy Closet

There's a lot of potential prestige in being known as a — nay — the celebrity hoarder, but Lindsay Lohan is most likely not a compulsive hoarder. While we've only seen her closet — and, honestly, I imagine most of America's closets look about the same but 99 percent smaller — she lacks the embarrassment, secretiveness, and life impairment of a genuine hoarder.

The bible of psychiatry, the DSM-IV, does not actually recognize compulsive hoarding as a full-on disorder but one of eight symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Australian Family Physician provided one of the most thorough descriptions in the 2008 article, "Pathological Hoarding." Get its three symptoms of compulsive hoarding after the jump.

  • Acquiring and failing to discard objects that have little or no value.
  • Hoarding that prevents normal use of living spaces.
  • The hoarder experiences significant distress or impairment in function, like avoiding visitors, unemployment, and living a solitary existence.

Hoarding may look like collecting gone wild, but compulsive hoarders are tied together by one thing: they are mortified by their condition. Unlike the people who go on A&E's Hoarders at their family's request, Lindsay Lohan opened her closet — which unlike hoarder's junk actually has resale value — to Inside Edition. And for someone who identifies every shoebox with a picture of the shoe, I'd say she's more together than me!

plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
if it's a problem to her, then it's a problem. i hate the dsm for that reason; if you dont fit the profile for a disease, you're told to suck it up and get over it. it doesnt matter that its expensive clothes, and that its only so crowded because its a tiny space; it bothers her. why is everyone so quick to call "fake"?
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Okay, she isn't keeping newspaper clippings, or buying 400 cans of green beans.. she just gets free clothing and shoes and has never donated or sold any of it. Give me a break, she isn't a hoarder, she's just trying to get attention.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
Is it just me, or does Lindsey Lohan seem fairly likable in this clip?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
fish, is that disorder listed in the DSM IV ? ;)
bryseana bryseana 7 years
I'm messy too. I've seen almost every episode of Clean House...but it hasn't motivated me to take action. Sometimes clutter can be rooted in depression.
fishmeister23 fishmeister23 7 years
runningesq- Or when people say they're dyslexic when they really just never learned to spell. What Lindsay has isn't compulsive hoarding, it's compulsive fame-whoring. No one will give her a role in a movie and people are getting tired of her usual bs, and she's a general problem to have around - she's really scrambling for anything to get attention. This is pretty low. P.S. I would kill for that closet and to be able to buy enough shoes to have to dedicate an entire bedroom of my house to them. Seriously- I don't care if it's messy, I'll take it.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
It's like when people call themselves "OCD" because they like a clean room.
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 7 years
Pistil Pistil 7 years
It's not compulsive hoarding, it's called "I can't be bothered to pick up my shit". It's okay, I'm afflicted with it too.
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