Q: Who develops hoarding behavior?
A: Hoarding is most commonly considered to be a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder. In fact, checking and cleaning rituals are frequent among people who suffer from compulsive hoarding. We know that hoarding often starts in childhood, and that there is a tendency for excessive saving behavior to run in families.
Q: How was this treatment program developed?
A: This intervention program described grew out of the authors" work with a number of clients whom they studied intensively in individual treatment and in group treatment. Over the past few years, this therapy has been tested on over 50 clients who exhibited moderate to severe hoarding problems and often had some other problems like attention deficit disorder, depression, marital problems, and social anxiety.
Q: What does the treatment involve?
A: Throughout this treatment program you will learn various skills and techniques for dealing with your compulsive hoarding and excessive acquiring. In the first few sessions with your clinician you will assess your hoarding problem and how it affects your life. Your clinician will want to visit you in your home to get a better idea of the extent of your hoarding.
You"ll then develop a personal organizing plan and put it into effect. With your clinician"s help, you will sort through your possessions room-by-room and learn to discard, recycle, and donate the things you don"t need. This work will include examining how you think about your possessions and beliefs you hold that might or might not be true. You will also learn strategies for anticipating and coping with stressors and maintaining your new habits. The workbook contains all the forms, worksheets, and exercises you will need to participate in this treatment program.