Hoarding is a difficult condition to treat. Clinical trials for the obsessive-compulsive disorder for people with hoarding symptoms have shown less response to the serotonin reuptake inhibitors than those who do not have hoarding symptoms. Exposure and response prevention, the standard cognitive-behavior therapy for the obsessive-compulsive disorder has shown disappointing results with hoarding symptoms predicting premature termination tepid treatment response and poor treatment compliance. The cognitive behavioral therapy appears more effective where half of patients have responded positively to therapy.
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Different people with hoard condition focus on specific items such a collectible while others hoard anything they come into contact.
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