Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572243491
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 275,190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Jerome Bubrick. PhD, is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and hoarding in children and adults at Bio-Behavioral Institute, Great Neck, NY.


Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, ABBP, ABPP, is a board-certified cognitive and behavior psychologist and leading researcher in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, trichotillomania, hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder and hypochondriasis at the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, where she serves as director. She is also the coauthor of Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, When Your Child is Cutting, and has been featured on the TLC show, Hoarders. Her books have been translated to various languages.




Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, MD., is a biological psychiatrist and an internist with over 40 years experience. He has pioneered research in the dopamine theory of schizophrenia and the serotonin theory of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is the author of eight books, seven of which he co-authored with. Fugen Neziroglu.

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Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book delves into the psychological issues that take part in creating this condition. It's probably a cop-out, but I felt like it identified the illness and gave you the prescription for cure. It tells you how to dig out -- it is not a "quick fix" -- it's a lot of work trying to help this condition. I consider my self "clutter-lite", so I don't have as far to dig as some of the folks on TV. If you are reading this, you may also want to know about a group called Clutterers Anonymous. You can find it online and meetings in most cities. Truly wonderful people who look just like me - well dressed, etc. It's like a "secret" disease. Other than our houses (and cars), we live a fairly normal life when we walk out the door. It is well worth reading if this is YOU or you want to understand SOMEONE YOU LOVE who has this condition.
CasualUnclutterer 9 months ago
Dr. Fugen Neziroglu and colleagues at her Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, USA wrote Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop in 2004. Her book is tremendous potential self-help for people who suspect they have, or know they have, hoarding disorder. She offers step-by-step, carefully designed, vigorously tested, achievable exercises for her readers to guide them from initial self-assessment through to maintenance of cleared spaces. The book could benefit from being updated as a new edition: for example, the DSM-5, (a reference work used by clinicians to standardize diagnoses of mental challenges) which had not been released in 2004, classifies hoarding disorder in a newer light than referred to in 2004. And I admit some of her language made me uncomfortable: Dr. Neziroglu refers to “hoarders” and “clean” spaces. I prefer “people with hoarding disorder” and “cleared” spaces. I also believe Dr. Neziroglu missed an opportunity to teach people about other resources available to them, such as Professional Organizers and ADD/ADHD coaches. But in fairness, she may have written this book with an assumption that her readers might find it difficult to get extended help for whatever combination of emotional, physical and/or financial causes. Please put this book on your “Must Read Soon” list if you are concerned that you have hoarding disorder. You may find an answer. I borrowed a copy from a library: you don’t have to have a physical copy to let yourself use its value. Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer(R), Owner, Casual Uncluttering LLC, Woodinville, WA USA
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