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my friend collects hundreds of bowls and put them

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my friend collects hundreds of bowls and put them in cases is this a pathology?

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Relationship
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 4 years ago.
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Dear Dawn,

So nice to hear from you again.

There is a big difference between a collector and a compulsive hoarder who buys bowls indiscriminately just because they are bowls and he or she has to have them.

Unless these are art objects or valuable collectibles, then this behavior is a pathology and would be classificed as obsessive compulsive disorder, which is a form of anxiety where a person has obsessive thoughts about having to possess the object and then compulsively purchasing them and putting them away in cases.

This is a form of hoarding and can be treated with a specialized form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy known as Exposure and Response Prevention.

Your friend may be interest from the following book which may be very beneficial to him or her.

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The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Bruce M. Hyman PhD LCSW and Cherlene Pedrick RN

I wish you the best, XXXXX XXXXX and shall continue to keep you in my prayers.


Warm regards,


Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thank you.
Many of them are valuable. And each one has a distinct design. Sorry about the delay.
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 4 years ago.
Dear Dawn,

It seems that your friend is a collector. There is always a bit of obsession about collectors but it is not a pathological disorder; rather it is an intellectual and artistic passion.

Those with a passion for collecting are often the artistic and cultural curators of the world and these collections enrich us in both material and non-material ways.

Thank you for the excellent question.

Warm regards,

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