By Bob Tremblay/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Oct 04, 2010
Michael A. Tompkins, a licensed psychologist and co-author of "Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring," says hoarding behavior "typically begins in late childhood and is usually mild. It typically builds and worsens over time, becoming significant when a person enters early adulthood and becomes serious when the person is in his or her 40s or 50s. The hoarding behavior can worsen during stressful periods or when a person experiences traumatic events or enters a major depressive episode.