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J Nerv Ment Dis. 2013 Sep;201(9):795-801. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182a21471.

Prevalence and correlates of difficulty discarding: results from a national sample of the US population.

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Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA. cr2163@columbia.edu

Abstract

This study presents nationally representative data on the prevalence and the correlates of difficulty discarding, a behavior described in many psychiatric disorders, including a new diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, called hoarding disorder. Data were derived from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, a national sample of the US population (N=43,093). Difficulty discarding worn-out/worthless items (assessed by a single item) and diagnoses of psychiatric disorders were based on the Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule. The prevalence of difficulty discarding worn-out/worthless items in the general population was 20.6%. Difficulty discarding strongly correlated with axis I and axis II disorders, level of impairment, and use of mental health services. Difficulty discarding worn-out/worthless items is a common behavior that can be associated with various forms of psychopathology. When reported in a clinical setting, it may signal that careful assessment is needed to clarify diagnosis and inform treatment strategies.

PMID:
23995036
PMCID:
PMC3870463
DOI:
10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182a21471
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