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Rekindled passion: fire and fallout

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3270 (Published 14 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3270

Collections: hobby or neurosis

Collecting things is a popular hobby that can provide inspiration, pleasure, and
profit. But sometimes collecting things is a sign of an obsessive-compulsive
disorder with deep-seated anxiety and loneliness, and requires professional
help. In my experience, such cases respond better to psychotherapy rather than
pharmacotherapy. The collectibles serve as a natural springboard for insightful
discussions of their symbolic and historical significance, while drugs tend to
suppress such discussions.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 August 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA