Identifying Brain Changes Associated With Compulsive Hoarding
Why? Compulsive hoarding affects 2-4% of the US population, and is defined as the excessive collection of and inability or unwillingness to throw away seemingly useless items, resulting in living and/or work spaces that are unusable for their intended purposes. Compulsive hoarding carries a substantial public health burden, causing significant impairment and distress for individuals and families. Hoar ...
Ultimate Goal This project will help to 1) identify specific brain regions associated with the cognitive problems underlying compulsive hoarding, 2) allow us to compare the brain activation patterns of compulsive hoarding and OCD, a closely-related disorder, and determine which patterns are shared between disorders and which are specific, and 3) determine whether first-degree relatives without hoarding behavio ...
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