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The Collyer brothers, with their bicycle-, chandelier- and newspaper-packed Harlem apartment, may have been the most famous sufferers of compulsive hoarding (see the recent biography Ghosty Men by Franz Lidz), but this syndrome affects several million Americans, according to the authors of this excellent, easy-to-understand handbook. The authors, two psychologists and a psychiatrist, all experts in treating forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, define the syndrome as "the acquisition and saving of possessions that have little or no value" or a value perceived only by the hoarder, who "has great difficulty" discarding the objects. The book offers case histories showing how damaging the syndrome can be to ones relationships and quality of life, self-assessment exercises and, most usefully, a discussion of treatment options, from self-help strategies using cognitive therapy to outside professional help.
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I'm a smarty. But I did get some additional pointers. It is helpful, if you are new to wanting to clear up your thinking and clean up your surroundings.Published 2 months ago by Happy Buyer :-)
I am a mild hoarder and have had to help many times w a sister who is a HORRIBLE hoarder, like on the show. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ThirstyMindBooks via Rachel Dean
I have not had a chance to read this yet but I have heard that it is a great book to read to overcome hoardingPublished 14 months ago by Mike R.
I found the author's details, depth, and span of this very difficult subject to be enlightening and informative. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dana A. Nelson
EXTREMELY interesting book about people who have the tendency to save everything and how they can stop. I definitely learned some important things about myself in this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Debra Dodson
Unfortunately, I needed this book. I am so glad I read it and immediately started taking small action steps toward my hoarding.Published 15 months ago by Kristin Weicht