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Research Journal #9


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Research Journal #9

  1. 1. Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) the only factor of Hoarding? By: Amanda B. Burney
  2. 2. No! There are lot of factors that go into hoarding, however, I’m only interested in the medical and clinical factors; such as Anxiety Depression
  3. 3. Definitions & Additional Facts • “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel compelled to perform.” (Segal et al.) • “Depressed hoarders might react to discarding items with a feeling of loss or grief…”(Hall et al.) Using neuropsychology, we can measure the psychological function linked to the brain structure, helping to find the cause of this dejected state. • Some people might ask, “How do you know if your actually a hoarder?” or “What’s the difference between hoarding and collecting?”.
  4. 4. Hoarding vs. Collecting Collectors Hoarders Feel proud of their possessions. Feel embarrassed by their possessions. Keep their possessions organized and well maintained. Have their possessions scattered randomly; resulting in the loss of functional living space. Willingly displays them to others. their Feel uncomfortable with others seeing their possessions, or outright refuse to let others view their possessions. Budget their time and money around their possessions. Often have debt, sometimes extreme. Feel ashamed, sad, or depressed after acquiring additional items. Enjoy conversations possessions. about
  5. 5. Bibliography First Picture: "7 Tips On How To Stop Anxiety Attacks." Relieve Anxiety Now. Relieve Anxiety Now, 10 Aug. 2012. Web. 08 Mar. 2014. <>. Second Picture: Aubrey, Allison. "Catching Depression In Teens May Break Lifelong Cycle." NPR. NPR, 18 Jan. 2010. Web. 08 Mar. 2014. <>. Segal, Jeanne. "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)." : Symptoms, Behavior, and Treatment. Ed. Lawrence Robinson and Melinda Smi th. Robert and Jeanne Segal, Helpguide's Co-founders, Feb. 2014. Web. 13 Feb. 2014. <>. Hall, Brian J.Tolin, David F.Frost, Randy O.Steketee, Gail. "An Exploration of Comorbid Symptoms And Clinical Correlates Of Clinically Significant Hoarding Symptoms." Depression & Anxiety (1091-4269) 30.1 (2013): 67-76. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Web. 15 Feb. 2014. The Group, and The Forum. "Collecting vs. Hoarding." Children of Hoarders. Children of Hoarders, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2014. <>.