New study out on Hoarding in adolescence!

The first study to present the prevalence comorbidity and heritability of hoarding in adolescents just came out in PLoS ONE. In this study, we report that 2% of Swedish 15-year olds report symptoms of hoarding including distress and/or impairment. This is quite surprising given that hoarding is considered to be a problem most common among the elderly. We also found that hoarding seldom co-occurs with OCD which supports the status of Hoarding Disorder, which has been separated from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the new DSM-5. Finally, using the twin design we were able to conclude that hoarding symptoms are heritable during adolescence but only in boys. In girls, the environment, both the shared, and non-shared between twins accounted for the variability in hoarding symptoms.

Our research group has been collaborating with the Swedish Twin Registry and Professor David Mataix-Cols on this paper and this partnership is only at its start. Keep following us to see what the incredible Swedish Twin data will tell us in the future!

Ivanov VZ, Mataix-Cols D, Serlachius E, Lichtenstein P, Anckarsäter H, Chang Z, Hellner Gumpert C, Lundström S, Långström N, Rück C. (2013) Prevalence, Comorbidity and Heritability of Hoarding Symptoms in Adolescence: A Population Based Twin Study in 15-Year Olds. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69140.

Podcast on Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Summer has arrived which for many means vacation time. Hopefully this also entails greater possibilites for listening to our podcasts. In this episode Dr. Anthony Pinto provides a very clear overview of the somewhat overlooked Obsessive Compulisve Personality Disorder. Dr. Pinto provides details about how it can be distinguished form other related disorders and also, on the treatment of this impairing personality disorder. Enjoy it in your hammock or on the beach!

New podcast!

In this episode Dr. Rodriguez from Columbia University discusses her research and takes us through how Hoarding Disorder could lead to serious housing problems and how clinicians and others involved can approach this problem.

It has been a while since we posted a podcast but during the next couple of weeks we will have several new ones out, so keep following us!

Rücklab’s Volen Ivanov in NYC

Volen posing outside New York State Psychiatric Institute, encouraging you not to smoke
Volen posing outside Columbia Univeristy,New York State Psychiatric Institute, encouraging you not to smoke

nyc from above

This week, Volen Ivanov vistited Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute to meet with some of Rücklabs favourite OCD researchers and present some of our lab’s recent work on Hoarding Disorder. Big thanks to Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez and Dr. Helen Blair Simpson for having him over! Follow us on Rücklab for some very interesting podcasts on OCD and related disorders coming out soon!

Rucklab goes Nobel

Nobel Museum in Stockholm arranges the superb event “Science Café”, in which various experts are invited to present their areas of interest to the public. On February 5th, Volen Ivanov will hold a presentation on Hoarding and answer questions from the audience afterwards. The presentation will be in Swedish. The venue is “Nobel Bistro” at Nobelmuseet Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan. There is no entrance fee but you have to book in advance: or 08-534 818 18.

Hoarding new disorder in DSM-5!

On December 1st, the American Psychiatric Association issued a news release announcing the novelties in the upcoming version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, which will be published in May 2013. We at Rücklab are very pleased to see that Hoarding Disorder, one of our lab’s main interest areas, will be one of the very few new included disorders.  APA have embraced a conservative approach to DSM-5 and the number of disorders will be roughly the same compared to the previous version of the manual. It is stated that the inclusion of Hoarding Disorder is supported by “extensive scientific research” and we at Rücklab want to thank those envolved in this reserach during the past years.

We are confident in that the addition of this new disorder will spur the research field even more and we hope that those who benefit mostly from this inclusion will be the sufferers, and their families!

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Rücklab on neuropsychiatry in Gothenburg

This week, members from Rücklab visited the congress on neuropsychiatry “NPF barn och ungdomar, kunskap, insikt och samverkan”. Volen Ivanov and Fabian Lenhard each held a talk on Hoarding Disorder and CBT for children with high-functioning autism. We would like to thank the organizers Göteborgs stad (among others) for giving us the opportunity to speak at the beautiful old cinema theatre “Draken” in front of more than 300 attendants!ImageImage