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What does Obsessive-Compulsive Spartanism mean?

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Spartanism?

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Hoarding is the habit of keeping belongings even though they are cluttered and serves no purpose at all. American Psychiatric Association may soon acknowledge it as a psychiatric disorder under obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Diagnostic & Statistical manual of Mental Disorders V may be published on 2013 which may include Hoarding.

Hoarding actually has the exact opposite. It is termed as obsessive-compulsive spartanism or the obsession of decluttering from any belongings in the house. Just the opposite of hoarding, people with obsessive-compulsive spartanism have the sudden need of decluttering and throwing possessions out because they feels satisfied and more in control with their lives if they have little things around them. Oftentimes these people just give away almost anything they find not useful. Some would even hold regular garage sales to earn from their compulsion.

Unfortunately, this “disorder” may reach into out-of-control situations wherein they would just give or throw anything from their homes. Some reports have indicated that people with the signs and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive spartanism would often throw things out then purchase new belongings just to throw them away again. Even the most sentimental possessions they have can be simply just given away such as gifts or remembrances. There are also people who have almost nothing in their houses because they have the desire to throw all furniture out.

There are a lot of reasons why people do excessive decluttering. One may feel that the things he/she has may not be useful and some people can make use of it. Others just want the satisfaction of freeing themselves from their “burden” while others just want to have new things in their houses. Whatever their reasons are, their obsession of throwing things away may actually be linked to some of the psychiatric disorders known today. It has been said that people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive spartanism may exhibit some forms of dementia that is common among the older adults. Others show some symptoms of bipolar disorder.

This kind of “disorder” should be properly researched and look into the same that is done with Hoarding, since they are quite the same with the exact opposite results.

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