Presenting………ocdtalk’s first guest post of 2013. Dr. Marla Deibler writes about hoarding and its connection to OCD:
Hoarding is an often misunderstood problem, which has, in recent years, garnered quite a bit of media attention. In fact, some of the facts may be surprising.
Technically, hoarding is not currently a psychiatric diagnosis. In fact, hoarding is only mentioned in our current diagnostic manual (DSM-IV-TR) as a possible symptom of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Hoarding disorder, however, will be included in the new diagnostic manual (DSM-V) as a distinct disorder unto itself, which is slated for 2013 publication. This is an exciting development, as it will help to legitimize the struggles of those who suffer from hoarding difficulties as well as help to educate others regarding its distinction from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Hoarding disorder involves the accumulation of belongings to such an extent that the resulting clutter renders parts of the…
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