If you include people who love to collect things that are useless and not bear to throw them away, you may have certain psychological problems. Research shows that there are problems in the brains of people suffering from the condition.
A recent study found abnormal activity in the brain in people suffering from disorders of hoarding goods. The brain regions known to be involved with decision making and emotional choices.
"Disorder of hoarding goods seems to be characterized by a problem in the decision-making process which can be seen from the pattern of brain activity," said David Tolin, Director of the anxiety disorders Center at The Institute of Living, Connecticut.
People with hoarding disorder gets much gratification psychologically by not disposing of items that belonged to him though it is useless. The urge to hoard things has been associated with a number of other psychological disorder, such as difficulty concentrating on the issue and make a decision.
Strangely enough if given that people are fond of stockpiling goods linked to perfectionism is associated with the fear of taking the wrong decisions.
To find out what is really happening in the brain penimbun, Tolin and her colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine brain activity.
FMRI can tell the system to changes in blood flow to the brain, allowing scientists to determine the area of the brain where a more active response to any given task.
The study involved 43 people with hoarding disorder and for comparison, the researchers also scanned the brains of 33 healthy adults and 31 adults with obsessive compulsive disorder.
All participants are asked to bring a pile of letters and newspapers second-hand from her home each without memilah-milahnya in advance. The researchers then scanned the brains of participants in research with fMRI to study how the brain's reaction to a sense of losing his stuff.
Groups of people with hoarding disorder brings fewer goods from other groups. In addition the Group also reported that more suffer anxiety, doubt and sadness when asked to bring his former newspaper and mail.
The front part of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex on the patients with disturbance of deep unease felt hoarding if faced with a situation to throw his stuff. But if he is exposed to decisions about matters relating to goods belonging to other people, the brain areas feel calmer.
"The brain of people with the disorder of hoarding goods seems less stimulated to be more prepared to face a number of decisions that made him feel lost. So that sufferers keep all goods because it would be too painful if the goods are lost, "said Tolin.
Tolin and her colleagues published the results of the findings in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry on 6 August, as reported by mnn, Wednesday (8/8/12).