Medical Rounds with Dr. David Tolin

Researchers at the Institute of Living (IOL) at Hartford Hospital are taking a closer look at hoarding. A study is underway to determine how to reduce the symptoms of this disorder.



Q. TELL US ABOUT THIS STUDY CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT THE IOL?
A. The Hoarding Disorder Research Program treatment study examines the neural mechanisms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) response in hoarding disorder, and it is currently underway at the IOL.

Q. WHAT CAN THEY EXPECT GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS? WHAT WILL THE STUDY ENTAIL? WILL YOU BE INTERVIEWING THEM? PERFORMING TREATMENTS?
A. Participants will have a clinical interview and three non-invasive brain scans on three different occasions, and will receive group therapy designed to reduce the symptoms of hoarding disorder.

Q. WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE STUDY? WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO LEARN?
A. The goal is to understand the effectiveness of CBT, and to understand how CBT changes brain activity in people who hoard.

Q. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO WITH THE DATA COLLECTED?
A. We will publish the data in academic journals and then will take what we learn to re-evaluate our current treatment methods.

Q. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS PARTICIPANTS MUST MEET IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE?
A. The study is open to adults up to age 60 who have significant hoarding behavior and who meet certain other medical and mental health criteria.

Q. HOW LONG SHOULD PARTICIPANTS EXPECT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE STUDY?
A. The study treatment lasts for 16 weeks.


For more information

Visit: The Anxiety Disorders Center at The Institute of Living


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