Hoarding disorder is an under-recognized and under-diagnosed condition, believed to be about twice as common and debilitating as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is also potentially more resistant to effective treatment than OCD.
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Hoarding disorder is caused by abnormalities in brain functioning. Afflicted persons are not lazy or disorganized. Helping an afflicted person clean or organize their house does not address the root cause of their condition.
UC San Diego Health offers a variety of approaches for treating hoarding disorder, including novel therapies that are not widely available elsewhere.
We are, for example, currently exploring the efficacy of treating hoarding disorder with the FDA-approved medication memantine, used to treat moderate to severe dementia.
The study is one of the first to use a non-antidepressant for hoarding disorder. The hope is that memantine will more precisely target irregular neurological functioning associated with hoarding disorders, particularly in individuals who are resistant to standard therapies. Individuals should talk with their physician to see if they are eligible to participate in this study or whether other treatments are better suited to their particular situation.