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(p. 1) Introduction 

(p. 1) Introduction
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(p. 1) Introduction
Author(s):

Jordana Muroff

, Patty Underwood

, and Gail Steketee

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199340965.003.0001
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date: 01 April 2020

This chapter contains summary information about hoarding disorder (HD) and about group treatment methods and their efficacy for HD. “Hoarding disorder” 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. This chapter summarizes the phenomenology and diagnostic aspects of hoarding, including comorbidity, prevalence, and common accompanying features. Group treatment for HD is described, with accompanying information about research studies that support this method. The very limited information about medication treatment is discussed.

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