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Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00073346
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 21, 2003
Last Update Posted : June 20, 2013
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Boston University

Brief Summary:
This study will develop and test a cognitive behavioral treatment for compulsive accumulation of goods.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Compulsive hoarding is a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that is characterized by excessive acquisition of possessions, difficulty discarding possessions, and excessive clutter. This condition is resistant to both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions that are effective in treating other symptoms of OCD. This study will determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in treating compulsive hoarding symptoms.

This study consists of three phases. In Phase 1, data from previously conducted pilot studies will be revised and expanded. In Phase 2, the revised data will be used to develop and implement a treatment manual for compulsive hoarding. During this phase, treatment will be flexibly applied to allow for variations in treatment duration and choice of techniques. During Phase 3, participants will be randomly assigned to either CBT or a wait-list control, followed by active treatment for a fixed duration. Therapist adherence and competence will be assessed through audiotaped therapy sessions.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 52 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Compulsive Hoarding
Study Start Date : September 2003
Study Completion Date : August 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Display at least moderately severe hoarding symptoms
  • Must live within 45 minutes of Boston, MA or Hartford, CT

Exclusion criteria:

  • Ten or more sessions of cognitive behavior therapy for hoarding
  • Concurrent psychotherapy or medications
  • Suicidal, psychotic, or other psychiatric symptoms requiring hospitalization
  • Compulsive buying symptoms that are part of a manic phase of bipolar disorder
  • Mental retardation, dementia, brain damage, or other cognitive dysfunction that would interfere with the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00073346

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United States, Connecticut
Hartford Hospital, Institute of Living
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06106
United States, Massachusetts
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Additional Information:
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00073346     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH068539 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R21MH068539 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: November 21, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 20, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013

Keywords provided by Boston University:
Compulsive Hoarding

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anxiety Disorders