'Big cleanout' no cure for hoarding

Kaiser Health News's Peggy Girshman writes: "If basic cable is any indication we have a fascination with hoarding. 'We all love a good train wreck' says Mark Odom, clinical consultant to the Orange County (Calif.) Task Force on Hoarding. He says many people - including psychiatrists - think hoarders are obsessive/compulsive. It's even listed that way in the 'bible' of psychiatric disorders, the DSM IV. But that's not necessarily true, according to several studies presented at the annual conference of the American Society on Aging, which wrapped up this weekend in San Francisco. Hoarders are more likely to be depressed, anxious or have social phobias than to have OCD" (Girshman, 5/2). Read the story.

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