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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 49 (2007) 3, 195 - 199

Case report

Hoarding as the core symptom of the Diogenes Syndrome. A case study

S. Koeck, F. Bouckaert, J. Peuskens

summary
The subject of this case study is a 69-year-old woman with the Diogenes syndrome. Hoarding, the major symptom of this syndrome, has been investigated more thoroughly in the literature than the syndrome itself. However, so far no consensus has been reached about the pathogenesis. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or antipsychotics can be useful as treatment, depending on the underlying aetiology. Non-pharmacological forms of treatment such as behavioural and environmental interventions may also be required. The limited information about the prognosis is not encouraging.

keywords aged, diogenes syndrome, hoarding