A chronic psychological disease that is similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When person with a simple hobby becomes infected with packratitis they turns it into an obsession. The main difference between packratitits and OCD is the packrat generally 'neater' and may be a guru on the topic or subject.
Packratitis: A computer packrat may have a collection of softwares from early on, lots of junk hardware, books on computers and other electronics, seemingly boxes and crates of wires, screws, disks, manuals, boxes etc. This preson may also have an interest in video games and other electronic items, thus may he also has every system from Coleco and Atari to Nintendo DS and PS3 as well as related material.