Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding

Why You Save & How You Can Stop

Book - 2004
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New Harbinger Pubns Inc

Although the much-satirized image of a house overflowing with National Geographics and infested with cats may make us chuckle, the reality of compulsive hoarding is no laughing matter. The most common reason for evictions in the US and a significant risk factor for fatal house fires, compulsive hoarding is a treatable condition related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is characterized by the acquisition of possessions that have little or no value, which the sufferer, often referred to as the saver, has great difficulty discarding.

This book, the first ever written for savers and their families, provides an overview of compulsive hoarding and how it relates to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It discusses hoarding broadly, offering readers perspectives on the physical, behavioral, and value-oriented aspects of the condition. You can use its assessment tools to help decide why you or your loved one hoards. Skill-building exercises help you determine how to beat the hoarding problem by addressing issues that often underlie compulsive saving. Even though this is fundamentally a self-help book, it contains a frank discussion about the need for professional help in some hoarding cases, how to find it, and what medications have been proven effective for savers.


Three compulsive hoarding experts team up to provide the first research-based cognitive behavorial treatment plan to help compulsives learn to recognize the problem, understand the treatment options, and learn gentle techniques to free themselves from this life-threatening disorder.


Publisher: Oakland, Calif. : New Harbinger Publications, c2004
ISBN: 9781572243491
157224349X
Characteristics: vi, 146 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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hgeng63 Jan 11, 2014

Not very helpful. Only if you're scouring the stacks for every bk on the subject.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. CB 410 N 2004

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