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(p. 1) Introduction to Hoarding Disorder 

(p. 1) Introduction to Hoarding Disorder
(p. 1) Introduction to Hoarding Disorder

Gail Steketee

and Randy O. Frost

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date: 25 February 2021

Chapter 1 provides clinicians with a summary of the phenomenology and diagnostic aspects of hoarding, including comorbidity, demographic characteristics, prevalence and common accompanying features. This information provides basic background for understanding and diagnosing HD. Described in detail only two decades ago, hoarding disorder (HD) refers to excessive urges to save objects, with accompanying difficulty discarding or removing them from the home and extensive clutter that impairs functioning. Distress about the state of the home is common, and hoarding often affects those living with or near the person with HD. The condition is commonly accompanied by excessive acquiring behavior.

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