Hoarding Disorder Now Included in DSM-5

Hoarding Disorder Now Included in DSM-5Hoarding is now considered a mental disorder.

Hoarding has been included in the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The influential DSM-5 now classifies hoarding as a distinct disorder within the chapter about obsessive-compulsive and other related disorders.

Hoarding has been misdiagnosed in the past as a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, over the past 20 years, researchers working on this have found that OCD and hoarding are quite different. “There are brain imaging scans that compare people with OCD to people that have hoarding disorder,” said Dr. Szymanski of the International OCD Foundation. “And even in brain scans, they’re showing some differences.”

Source: Hoarding disorder gets spotlight in DSM-5

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