Treatment Of Compulsive Hoarding : A Case Study Essay

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This paper explores “Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding: A Case Study” published by Lilit Pogosian in 2010. Pogosian claims that the subject, “Dee”, had a successful intervention using specific CBT strategies and individualized exposure and response prevention (ERP) specially targeted to treat the characteristic features of compulsive hoarding. The progress Dee makes during the study suggests that the treatment plan described provides better results and response to treatment in patients with compulsive hoarding as a subset of OCD, in comparison to typical CBT, as past research has shown that patients usually show a resistance to treatment compared with OCD patients without hoarding behaviors. When looking back at this case study it is important to consider the changes that have since been made with the DSM-V, and what we continue to learn about compulsive hoarding and its effect on individuals.

Review of “Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding: A Case Study” (2010) by Lilit Pogosian
Pogosian (2010) states that patients with compulsive hoarding as one of the four subsets of OCD (checking, symmetry and order, contaminations, hoarding) are more resistant than non-hoarding OCD patients to pharmacologic and CBT treatment. The specific multi-model CBT treatment being tested in this study relies on the theoretical model that associates compulsive hoarding with four main problem areas: deficits in information processing, emotional attachment problems, behavioral avoidance, and…

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