Facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks for Hoarding Disorder

Phase-Based Estimates
Stanford Psychiatry Department, Stanford, CA
Hoarding Disorder+3 More
Facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks - Behavioral
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
Hoarding Disorder

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a facilitated peer support group called Buried in Treasures (BIT) and a virtual reality decluttering practice can help individuals with clutter challenges.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Hoarding Disorder
  • Disease
  • Hoarding
  • Clutter

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks will improve 1 primary outcome and 1 secondary outcome in patients with Hoarding Disorder. Measurement will happen over the course of Change from baseline at 8 weeks and 16 weeks after treatment.

Week 16
Clutter Image Rating Scale
Saving Inventory-Revised (SI-R)

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups


This trial requires 20 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Facilitated Group Therapy With Behavioral Practice; 16 Weeks is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks
ControlNo treatment in the control group

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: change from baseline at 8 weeks and 16 weeks after treatment
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly change from baseline at 8 weeks and 16 weeks after treatment for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
C. R.
Prof. Carolyn Rodriguez, Assistant Professor
Stanford University

Closest Location

Stanford Psychiatry Department - Stanford, CA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 7 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Physically healthy male or non-pregnant female.
Hoarding Disorder primary condition
Age greater than 55
Either gender and all ethno-racial groups
Willing and able to understand and complete consent and study procedures
English speaking
Participant should have the technology to host Zoom calls

Patient Q&A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What is hoarding disorder?

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Being overly cautious can be likened to hoarding disorder. Hoarding disorder is a mental health condition that occurs primarily or exclusively in the elderly and can be related to psychological, social and physical conditions.\n

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What are common treatments for hoarding disorder?

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The most common treatment for hoarding disorder was CBT, while antidepressants, naltrexone, and/or a combination of these were the most commonly used medications for treatment of the obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and medications are used in combination to treat other comorbidities such as substance abuse.

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What causes hoarding disorder?

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Results from a recent paper suggest that hoarding can be primarily attributed or at least associated with various forms of personality disorders and mood disorders. More studies may determine the precise contribution of these disorders to hoarding. Furthermore, research and clinical implications of psychiatric comorbidity of hoarding, such as interpersonal issues, needs to be explored.

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Can hoarding disorder be cured?

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There is no evidence that any form of treatment can stop or cause the relapse of hoarding disorders; therefore there is no evidence that hoarding disorder can be cured.

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How many people get hoarding disorder a year in the United States?

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Currently, there is a lack of national statistics of persons who are diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder. Because of this, it is difficult to determine how many patients have this disorder. The national prevalence estimate of Hoarding Disorder in the United States is 1.5 cases for every 100,000 persons. However, with a recent article reporting an average of 7.5 cases per 100,000 persons, we may hypothesize that the national prevalence of the disorder could have been even higher. The high incidence or prevalence estimates of this psychiatric disorder are important to inform public health professionals about the necessity of developing national data of Hoarding disorder.

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What are the signs of hoarding disorder?

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Signs of HD include compulsive hoarding of items to a degree that makes life difficult or impossible. Some individuals may also have trouble keeping track of their possessions. The disorder also impairs one's life functioning. Children who have a parent who has hoarding disorder should have their hoarding status investigated and be watched closely for symptoms or signs of HD. Children with HD also can have severe emotional problems, such as low self esteem and low self esteem because of the hoarding and other symptoms mentioned earlier. Children with HD should be brought on a schedule of visits to the doctor for an evaluation and follow up as needed.

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How serious can hoarding disorder be?

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If untreated, HD may be fatal over 3 to 4 years. If treated, outcomes are generally very good. Treatment is recommended for all HD patients.

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Is facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks safe for people?

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Facilitated group interventions for adults with hoarding disorder are safe and effective for the duration of the group. Further research should aim to replicate the positive results on long-term outcome.

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What does facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks usually treat?

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The group model of therapy for hoarding disorder in psychiatric patients is effective in improving symptoms associated with the disorder. Further trials are needed to evaluate its effectiveness as an adjunct to individual therapy.

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Does hoarding disorder run in families?

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Our preliminary findings suggest that, at least to some extent, hoarding disorder is genetically transmitted. However, the effect of the heritable liability on familial transmission is likely small (if any) and is not readily apparent from the present sample sizes. Future studies should focus on the identification of specific genes, if any, that influence hoarding disorder phenotype, including psychiatric and neurological comorbidities.

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Does facilitated group therapy with behavioral practice; 16 weeks improve quality of life for those with hoarding disorder?

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Findings suggest that this type of group facilitator-administered intervention for patients with hoarding disorder produced improvements in quality of life. These beneficial effects were maintained 6 months post-intervention.

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What is the average age someone gets hoarding disorder?

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There is a broad variation in the average age individuals develop HoD. Since this condition is associated with significant social and economical costs, it is important for psychiatrists and other health care providers in managing HoD to be aware of this variation.

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