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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Self-Help Books for Hoarders and Their Families

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we found out that we are getting a new foster daughter. Today she comes for dinner and tomorrow she moves in! Spring break has just taken on a lot more energy! On to our blog for today ...

If you or a loved one struggles with hoarding, the following books might to help you understand and combat this issue. 

 - Murphy, T. W. (2009). Life in rewind: The story of a young courageous man who persevered over OCD and the Harvard doctor who broke all the rules to help him. New York: William Morrow. Memoir of Dr. Michael Jenike and his patient Edward Zine. Excellent descriptions of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) rituals and their manifestation as hoarding.

- Neziroglu, F., Bubrick, J., & Yaryura-Tobias, J. A. (2004). Overcoming compulsive hoarding. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. A book for people who hoard and their families which provides background on the phenomenon of hoarding and gives direction on how to address it, both as self-help and as family intervention. 

- Steketee, G., & Frost, R. O. (2007). Compulsive hoarding and acquiring workbook. New York: Oxford University Press. A self-help workbook for people who hoard. 

 - Tolin, D. F., Frost, R. O., & Steketee, G. (2007). Buried in treasures: Help for compulsive acquiring, saving, and hoarding. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. Introduction to the phenomenon of hoarding for people who hoard and their families.

- Tompkins, M. A., & Hartl, T. (2009). Digging out: Helping your loved one manage clutter, hoarding, and compulsive acquiring. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. Introduction to the concept of harm reduction—the improvement and not necessarily elimination of a problem behavior—as it applies to hoarding. 

More on hoarding:

Hoarding - There Are No Easy Answers!

Get Organized Month 2009 - Some Words from Peter Walsh, Organizing Guru