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Compulsive Hoarding

Compulsive Hoarding

Compulsive Hoarding (Hoarding Disorder) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment.  Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members.  When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping.  It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk from fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns. Brain imaging studies using positron emission tomography (PET) scans that detect the...

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BDD

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD, also known as Dysmorphophobia) You can't stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined. But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don't want to be seen by anyone. Body Dysmorphic Disorder has been called imagined ugliness. Manifested as excessive concern about and preoccupation with a perceived defect of their physical features. BDD is linked to a diminished quality of life.  Features a suicidal ideation rate of 80%. A study found the completed-suicide rate in patients with BDD to be 45 times higher than that of the general United States population. This rate is more than double that of those with Clinical Depression and three times as high as that of those with Bipolar Disorder. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is diagnosed...

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OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry.  Resulting in repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety. The frequent upsetting thoughts are called Obsessions.  Obsessions are thoughts that recur and persist despite efforts to ignore or confront them.  To try to control them (the upsetting thoughts), a person will feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors called Compulsions. Symptoms of OCD can include: excessive washing or cleaning repeated checking extreme hoarding preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts relationship-related obsessions aversion to particular numbers nervous rituals, such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room Sufferers commonly share personality traits such as high attention to detail, avoidance of risk, careful...

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