Austin Junk Removal News: Hoarding Now an Official Psychiatric Disorder

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As an Austin junk removal company, we’re fascinated by the fact that The American Psychiatric Association will include hoarding as an officially recognized mental illness in their next edition of “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” for the first time ever.

The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” has long been seen as the official guide for mental disorders. If an illness is not in the book, it is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.

Previously, people who hoard were commonly diagnosed with depression or obsessive compulsive disorder. Psychiatrists estimate that 20% of hoarders also suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder and 50% also suffer from major depression. But now when a patient comes to see a psychiatrist for hoarding, they are likely to be diagnosed as suffering from hoarding as well as OCD or depression.

This means that on the flip side, roughly 30%-50% of people who hoard will be diagnosed as having no other mental illness beyond their hoarding.

The news of the official recognition of hoarding comes as a result of extensive research by the University of California as well as others.

As we’re covered in our blog previously (click here for that post), the university recently uncovered that hoarding is genetic and that hoarders have “district brain abnormalities that will not improve without treatment.”

But what does an official recognition really mean for those who suffer from hoarding?

Dr. Saxena told Mac Salvo on his Investment Watch blog that including hoarding in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” will have a major impact.

“The big change will be an official recognition of hoarding as an important neuropsychic disorder that will increase screening, increase detection and diagnosis, and refer patients in for treatment. The reality shows have raised awareness, but they tend to sensationalize the patients, and they rarely talk about treatment.”

Will this new recognition increase diagnoses? Will hoarders be able to get better, more affordable treatment?

We’ll be watching closely and reporting the results back!

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