Shows like “Hoarders: Family Secrets” have turned hoarding into a fascination for millions of TV viewers. But for the estimated 2 percent to 5 percent of Americans who suffer from hoarding disorder, there’s nothing entertaining about it.

“It may be tempting to think of hoarders as people who are just extra sloppy or lazy, in need of a scolding and a subscription to ‘Real Simple’ magazine,” Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich wrote in 2010.

“But compulsive hoarders aren’t typical clutterers. They’re not normal collectors. They struggle with a psychiatric disturbance that, though related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, is not well understood.”

To give you a better understanding of hoarding disorder, we’ve put together the infographic below. (Click image to enlarge.)

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