DSM to Recognize Hoarders

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The newly adopted DSM-5 has already made quite an impact on the mental health community. I’ve already covered changes for autism diagnoses and transgender. Also, for the first time, “hoarding disorder” will be an independant diagnosis from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

As Christine Roberts reports for the NY Daily News, the disorder is defined as “persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” 

Considering the social, emotional and physical effects hoarding can have, this was a much needed change. Now, with hoarding being classified as its own disorder, as many as 15-million people suffering from it can get the treatment they need. Research on medications that could help treat hoarding can even begin now that the DSM recognizes it. 

The DSM-5 won’t officially go into effect until May of 2013 but it is nice to know that these needed changes are imminent. 

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