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The Difference Between Hoarding Disorder and OCD

How do you treat someone who can’t let go?

Hoarding is a growing phenomenon that particularly affects older adults.  It’s a mental illness manifested behind closed doors but is increasingly getting more public attention.  Cities and towns are increasingly burdened by this public health issue that poses a danger to the hoarder, first responder and community.  Treatment is difficult and there is no cure.  

Elspeth Bell, Director of the Hoarding Program of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, explains to Lark McCarthy the difference between hoarding disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder and how to convince hoarders to accept treatment.

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