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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hoarding is now considered a mental disorder according to DSM 5

Every few years the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual gets a new edition.  This is actually a good thing.  For hoarding, a new classification as a mental disorder elevates the difficulty people have been experiencing.  At one time it would have just been considered that the person hoarding is lazy and dirty.  However, experience with hoarding has taught people more about it.  It does come with negatives. 

I'm not celebrating the idea that treatment might involve medication.  Medications can cause other side effects and additional problems.  In fact, I believe that medication can make things like impulsive hoarding worse.  You be be surprised at who the hoarders are.  They often don't look like the people you think might have a problem.  It could be that sweet little lady sitting next to you in church.  It could even be the pastor's wife - as happened in one episode of the TV show Hoarders.

Here is a clip about this from Good Morning America.  Please feel free to sound off in the comments.  In fact, I would really like to see more comments.  I can see that people are reading this blog, but I am not getting much feedback and I would like to see a bit more.


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