Are You A Hoarder?

Can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help those with Hoarding Disorder?

Can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help those with Hoarding Disorder?

Hoarding is apparently on the increase and in 2013 was added to the diagnostic manual that most psychologists and psychiatrists use.

Given this, different interventions to best treat hoarding disorder (HD) have been tested and a new meta-analysis considered how cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may benefit those suffering from HD.

The resaerch led by Dr David Tolin from the Anxiety Disorders Center, Institute of Living stated the reasons for the analysis:

The fact that the treatment of HD is still very much a “work in progress” makes this an ideal time to examine factors that predict CBT outcome.

The analysis considered the common components of HD such as clutter, difficulty discarding and acquiring and how this affected peoples lives.

The analysis was able to show that CBT was useful for HD, particularly for some of the components:

 HD symptom severity decreased significantly across studies with a large effect size. The strongest effects were seen for difficulty discarding, followed by clutter and acquiring

And concluded that more research may be needed to improve HD interventions:

The clinically significant change findings suggest that although treatment gains may be substantial in HD patients, the majority continue to score in the clinical range at posttreatment