Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding

Jessica R. Grisham, Melissa M. Norberg and Sarah P. Certoma

in The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376210
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940561 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding

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Compulsive hoarding is a prevalent and chronic problem that is associated with a profound public health burden. Individuals with hoarding symptoms who have been included in OCD treatment outcome trials have responded poorly to standard pharmacological and psychological treatments. Interventions based on a cognitive-behavioral model specific to compulsive hoarding have shown more promise, according to recent studies. This chapter reviews assessment practices, current evidence regarding biological and psychological treatments for hoarding, and challenges associated with treating hoarding. The cognitive-behavioral treatment for hoarding developed by Steketee and Frost (2007) is described, followed by research questions regarding how to improve treatment outcomes for hoarding.

Keywords: hoarding; saving; collecting; clutter; obsessive compulsive disorder; cognitive-behavior therapy; pharmacotherapy.

Article.  9827 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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