Hoarding disorder gets prime-time treatment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - November 30, 2009

Carina DeOcampo ('DEE-oh COMP-oh) was a hoarder.

This year, compulsive hoarders are in the spotlight. Books, movies and TV's "Hoarders" - a popular A&E reality show that begins its second season Nov. 30 - have all brought the disorder out of its shame-filled past.

Several advocacy groups estimate that about 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from the obsessive-compulsive mental health disorder.

Experts say there are pros and cons to the attention the disorder is now getting. On one hand, they worry that the media is sensationalizing the problem. But they concede any attention may entice people who suffer from the disorder to obtain help.

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