Compulsive Hoarding Outline Essay

614 Words May 21st, 2012 3 Pages
Compulsive Hoarding Revealed
Mikayla Casteel
April 30, 2012

I. Definition A. Compulsive hoarding is a common and potentially disabling problem, characterized by the accumulation of excessive clutter, to the point that parts of one's home can no longer be used for their intended purpose B. Compulsive hoarding could be a subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), which is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). II. Age Onset A. Age onset of compulsive hoarding and symptoms were initially reported as being in mid-life but actually found it to be in childhood or adolescence. B. Compulsive hoarding symptoms increase
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V. Treatment and Help A. There is no "cure" for compulsive hoarding, meaning there is no treatment that will make the problem go away completely and never come back at all. However, some treatments may help people to manage the symptoms more effectively. B. When hoarding is extreme, family members and/or friends should refer an individual to a clinician. From there a clinician should consider a diagnosis of OCD. C. Using antidepressant medications help some people with compulsive hoarding. D. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of counseling that goes beyond "just talking", which seems to positively work with individuals with compulsive hoarding .This seems to work better than medications.

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