Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding

Author: Tolin, David F.


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  • ISBN: 9780195300581
  • Author: Tolin, David F.
  • Publ Date: 2007-03-01
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  • Pages: 188
  • Imprint: OUP *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 194225

Table of Contents :

1. Introduction; 2. What is Compulsive Hoarding?; 3. How Did This Happen?; 4. Meet the Bad Guys; 5. Meet the Good Guys: Strategies for Beating Hoarding; 6. Enhancing Motivation; 7. Sorting/Discarding: Getting Ready; 8. Sorting/Discarding: Let's Go!; 9. Help with Reducing Acquiring; 10. Here Come the Bad Guys: Part 1. Motivation and Working Time; 11. Here Come the Bad Guys: Part 2. Taking On Your Brain; 12. Maintaining Your Success


While most of us find it relatively easy to manage our possessions, a large number of people find it extremely difficult. If you have a problem resisting the urge to acquire and you find your home filled to capacity with items many people would find useless and unnecessary, you may suffer from a condition known as compulsive hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is a behavioural problem consisting of excessive clutter, a difficulty discarding items, and excessive buying or other acquiring. Hoarding is often associated with significant reduction in the quality of life, and in extreme cases it can pose serious health risks. If you or a loved one has a compulsive hoarding problem, this book can help. Buried in Treasures is written by the scientists who have worked for over a dozen years to develop a scientifically-based and effective program for treating compulsive hoarding. This book outlines a program of skill-building, learning to think about possessions in a different way, and gradual challenges to help people who hoard manage their clutter, and their lives. It also provides useful information for family members and friends of people who hoard, as they struggle to understand and help. Learn to identify the "bad guys" that cause and maintain your hoarding behaviour and meet the "good guys" who can help motivate you and put you on the path to change. Useful self-assessments will help you determine the severity of your problem, and training exercises, case examples, organising tips, and motivation boosters help change the way you think and behave towards your possessions. This book provides easy-to-understand strategies and techniques that anyone can use.


"I would recommend this book to treatment providers, professional organizers and the compulsive hoarder. This book, if used properly, will guide the reader to clutter-free living!" -Patricia B. Perkins, JD, Executive Director, OC Foundation, Inc."The world's leading experts on compulsive acquiring, hoarding and saving have presented their proven, step-by-step treatment in a practical, easy-to-understand format that will be useful to anyone who hoards, as well as any professional who treats this problem. If you are looking for ways to clear your clutter, you need to read this book now!" -Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Author, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough."..[the authors] have been leading the way in documenting characteristics of sufferers and how to treat the condition...an excellent guide for therapists who have only limited experience in treating hoarding, as well as for those who treat other subtypes of OCD but not necessarily hoarding."--Cognitive and Behavioral Practice"There are a fair number of self-help books out there on aspects of OCD. Buried in Treasures is among the best of them. People with a hoarding problem should definitely find value in this book. It also belongs on the shelf of many mental health providers because whatever population one is working with will have its share of individuals with this problem. I hope that, in future, the authors may bring their knowledge, experience, and excellent writing skills to additional self-help books on aspects of OCD."--PsycCRITIQUES

Author Biography:

David F. Tolin, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at The Institute of Living, in Hartford, Connecticut. A leading authority on compulsive disorders, he has been interviewed for The New York Times and the Associated Press, and has been a recurrent guest on The TodayShow, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.Randy O. Frost, Ph.D. is the Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He is co-editor of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (OCF) website on hoarding. The leading authority on compulsive hoarding, he has been interviewed for The New York Times, Newsweek, and National Public Radio, and has appeared on ABC 20/20 Downtown, Good Morning America, and Dateline. Gail Steketee, Ph.D. is Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Her recent research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, focuses on diagnostic and personality aspects of compulsive hoarding and on effective treatments. She and Dr. Frost have written the manual for mental health clinicians who treat hoarding problems.


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