Research into Compulsive Hoarding

Human beings are very, very complicated and there is no single, simple or straightforward explanation for compulsive hoarding.

The research over the past 18 months has gained new momentum and energy with the prospect of DSM-V.

The condition is regarded by the professionals as being complex and difficult to treat. Increasingly a multi-pronged approach involving different agencies and specialisations is gaining credence. Compulsive hoarding has been re-christened Hoarding Disorder in the draft DSM-V definitions. This important aspect of DSM-V has been to separate hoarding disorder (compulsive hoarding) from OCD. This means researchers are no longer trying to fit hoarding into specifically OCD parameters.

Research into compulsive hoarding divides into several different areas.

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