This paper discusses a study which attempted to evaluate the frequency to which severe compulsive hoarding (SCH) co-occurs with late life depression (LLD) and compared the cognitive characteristics of those with LLD and concurrent SCH to individuals with LLD and not SCH.
The findings of the research study suggest a biphasic abnormality in anterior cingulate cortex and insula function in patients with hoarding disorder related to problems in identifying the emotional significance of a stimulus, generating appropriate emotional response, or regulating affective state during decision making.
This investigation utilized mid-life and late-life participants diagnosed with hoarding disorder (HD) to explore the relationship between executive functioning and hoarding severity. Their findings suggest that executive function is related to severity of HD symptoms and should be considered as part of the conceptualization of HD.
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