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Recent Advances in Research on Hoarding

  • Eliza J. Davidson
  • Mary E. Dozier
  • James O. E. Pittman
  • Tina L. Mayes
  • Brian H. Blanco
  • John D. Gault
  • Lauren J. Schwarz
  • Catherine R. AyersEmail author
Anxiety Disorders (A Pelissolo, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Anxiety Disorders

Abstract

Purpose of Review

The purpose of the following paper is to review recent literature trends and findings in hoarding disorder (HD). Our goal is to highlight recent research on etiology, associated features, and empirically based treatments.

Recent Findings

Recent literature has added support for cognitive differences as a risk factor for HD; however, there is evidence that individuals with HD may overestimate their level of cognitive impairment. Several associated features have been highlighted in recent studies, including emotion regulation, intolerance of uncertainty and distress intolerance, and attachment. Finally, several psychotherapeutic treatments for hoarding have been recently validated, including group-based therapy and treatments using the cognitive-behavioral model.

Summary

Although recent research demonstrates that hoarding can be effectively treated with available psychotherapeutic modalities, the effectiveness of current treatments is not as robust as that for other psychiatric disorders and more work is needed in treatment precision.

Keywords

Hoarding disorder Cognitive functioning Distress intolerance Attachment 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliza J. Davidson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mary E. Dozier
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • James O. E. Pittman
    • 4
    • 5
  • Tina L. Mayes
    • 4
    • 5
  • Brian H. Blanco
    • 1
    • 5
  • John D. Gault
    • 1
    • 5
  • Lauren J. Schwarz
    • 1
  • Catherine R. Ayers
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Research ServiceVA San Diego Healthcare SystemSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical PsychologySan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Psychology ServiceSouth Texas Veterans Health Care SystemSan AntonioUSA
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