Traumatic life events in individuals with hoarding symptoms, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and comorbid obsessive-compulsive and hoarding symptoms

Amy Przeworski, Nicole Cain, Kimberly Dunbeck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

29 Scopus citations

Abstract

Individuals with OCD or hoarding symptoms frequently report experiencing traumas and traumatic events may be a risk factor for anxiety and mood disorders; however, little research has compared rates of specific traumas in those with OCD symptoms alone, hoarding symptoms alone, or comorbid OCD and hoarding symptoms. Participants were individuals with elevated OCD symptoms, hoarding symptoms, or both, who completed online questionnaires about types of traumatic events and the temporal association of traumas and symptom onset. Results indicated that hoarding severity was positively associated with the number of traumatic events that occurred prior to symptom onset, supporting the notion of cumulative trauma in hoarding. Those with hoarding alone also had higher rates of physical assault and transportation accidents prior to symptom onset than those with OCD symptoms alone. Finally, those with hoarding and OCD symptoms reported higher rates of sexual assault prior to symptom onset than those with OCD alone. There were no differences between groups on traumatic events after symptom onset. This suggests that there may be an important association between hoarding and certain traumatic events prior to symptom onset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-59
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Hoarding
  • OCD
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Trauma

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Traumatic life events in individuals with hoarding symptoms, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and comorbid obsessive-compulsive and hoarding symptoms'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this