What are the common treatments for hoarding disorder?

Doctors use 2 types of treatment for people with hoarding disorder. These treatments can help people with the disorder live healthier and happier lives.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common treatment for hoarding disorder. With CBT, people learn to understand why they hoard and how to feel less anxiety when throwing away items. Specialists also teach organization and decision-making skills. These skills can help you better manage your possessions.

Some doctors use medications called antidepressants to treat hoarding disorder. These medicines, including venlafaxine (Effexor®) and paroxetine (Paxil®), can improve the symptoms. Often, the combination of medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy are utilized in order to reduce symptoms more effectively.

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