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Understanding more about Hoarding

16 March 2017

Compulsive Hoarding affects 2-4% of the population and can have a huge impact on people's quality of life. We know that people don’t often seek treatment or seek it after a very long time with the problem. We also know that the nature of hoarding is complex and treatment success can be variable. Because of this we want to learn more about the beliefs people have about their things (people who hoard and people who don't). Having a clearer understanding should help with treating this condition.


  • Must live in UK and be over 18.
  • Diagnosis of hoarding disorder
  • No diagnosis of hoarding disorder but thinks might have a problem with hoarding items.
  • Has a diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • No diagnosis but thinks might have OCD.
  • No diagnosis of any kind, no difficulties with Hoarding items and no difficulties with OCD.

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Ethical approval

This piece of research has been approved by the University of Bath, Psychology Department, Ethics Committee since September 2016.

About the researcher

My name is Carly Smith, I am a Clinical Psychologist in training at the University of Bath. I am working with Professor Paul Salkovskis, a leading expert in research and Clinical Practice for specific anxiety disorders such as OCD and Hoarding behaviours. We are really keen to improve the treatment for Hoarding disorders which is why we are running this project.

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