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How does Hoarding Disorder differ from OCD

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Columbia Psychiatry NYSPI

Columbia Psychiatry NYSPI


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Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Director of Hoarding Research Program and Assistant Professor at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry


Difficulty discarding items, one feature of Hoarding Disorder, is relatively common, with 1 in 5 people in the U.S. endorsing difficulty discarding in a national survey.  In this talk, Dr. Rodriguez will describe how hoarding behaviors, once thought to be part of OCD, are now considered to be a separate disorder called “Hoarding Disorder.”  Hoarding disorder is now listed in the DSM-5 diagnostic manual.  Dr. Rodriguez will further discuss why it can be so difficult to let go of possessions, what treatments and services are available for individuals with Hoarding Disorder, and which new treatments are now being developed.      

Contact Information

For more information on Hoarding Disorder treatment and research for adults, please call 646 774-8128 http://www.columbiapsychiatry.org/hoarding

To participate in an anonymous online survey (IRB #6677) to understand what kinds of treatments and services are acceptable to individuals who have hoarding behaviors, such as difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, excessive acquiring, and clutter in their home. Participation is limited to once per person; it will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.  After completing the survey, you can enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card.  Click here to take the survey.  

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