Question: “My father was a hoarder and I need hoarded house clearance specialist company to clear his property, can you give me the details of a reliable licensed house clearance company. I also have a question! Has research shown any one OCD medication to be superior for the Hoarding variety of OCD? My father had a trial of Luvox before he passed away, and his only response was needing more sleep. I am worried I may end up with OCD or a haording disorder. Which medication is best to treat hoarding OCD? Thank you for any advice.”
Answer 1: The treatment of hoarding as a form of OCD is behind some of the other types of OCD. In the last few years some very helpful work on cognitive behavioral work on this problem has been undertaken. I think that it is important to understand that medication alone is very unlikely to solve problems like hoarding with out adequate CBT at the same time.
As far as medications go there is no way to tell which one will work best for any individual. The trial of medication needs to be both long enough and at high enough dosage to know if it will work or not. Any of the commonly used medications for OCD can cause sleepiness. Speak to your GP who can better advise. Continued near the bottom of this page.
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Answer 2: No one anti-OCD medication is more effective than any other for hoarding (or any other OCD symptom). If Luvox made your father too sleepy, he should have maybe tried one of the medications that is unlikely to have this side effect. As always please consult a health professional for the best advice relating to your problem.
Answer 3: Hello. Hoarding is not responsive to medication, but the depression that often occurs in hoarding is. Generally the only thing that will help is having a behavior therapist work closely with the hoarder. Since most hoarders “like” what they save, this is often a difficult situation. I will send you a chapter on hoarding by separate e-mail. All best wishes!
Answer 4: No one anti obsessional drug is better for hoarding than any other so far as I know. After a good solid trial (10-12 weeks at maximum dose), move on to another. But be aware that hoarding responds best to behavior therapy. Consult your GP for better advice.