Homeless and hoarding

The Atlantic Homeless and Hoarding

Hoarding, only recently recognized as a unique disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), is characterized by the “persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of the value others may attribute to these possessions.” According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are two main types of treatment that help people with hoarding disorder: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication. Given the complex social, cultural, and public health repercussions of hoarding, as described in this article, additional research and development of specific treatments are needed.

Depression as an inflammatory reaction

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/04/depression-allergic-reaction-inflammation-immune-system

A growing number of scientists have proposed that depression is linked to a physical phenomenon. Dr. George Slavich and Dr. Michael Irwin, of the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, have offered a “social signal transduction theory of depression.” They describe how social and environmental variables activate neural, physiologic, molecular, and genomic mechanisms that lead to depression and many physical diseases that often co-occur with this disorder.

“I don’t even talk about it as a psychiatric condition any more,” Dr. Slavich says. “It does involve psychology, but it also involves equal parts of biology and physical health.”

Access their original article from May 2014.