MSNBC article on hoarding

alisandeMarch 11, 2008

I haven't read it myself (I have the fluÂand it sucks!), but this article is probably interesting.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hoarding Article

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mcbird

Sorry you have the flu, haven't had it, but have certainly heard it sucks. Thanks for the link. I'm thinking about emailing it to my mother in law. She not only hoards real life stuff, but virtually as well-she hasn't deleted an email since 2005. I no longer go to her home because it makes me want to make a big pile and light a match. Sad thing is she thrives on the oppressed feeling of living this way.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2008 at 4:03PM
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talley_sue_nyc

That's a great article! There's some hope in there!

Some highlights:

Hoarders were found to have lower activity in a specific part of the brain thatÂs involved in decision-making, focused attention and the regulation of emotion.

"This pattern was not seen in other OCD patients, nor in the normal controls. It looks like compulsive hoarding is truly a distinctive diagnostic category, which has big implications for both diagnosis and treatment."

10 compulsive hoarders underwent cognitive behavioral therapy, which included 26 individual sessions and frequent home visits. Following seven to 12 months of treatment, 50 percent had "very much improved" when it came to classic hoarding behaviors like the clutter, excessive acquisition and the inability to discard.

"Hoarders have a fundamental inability to keep things organized," says Frost. "Not just their possessions, but other things, like finishing tasks. We see a lot of attention deficit problems in hoarding."

Christiana Bratiotis, research assistant and therapist for the Compulsive Hoarding Research Project at Boston University, sees task forces that combine mental health services with local enforcement agencies as "the ticket" to helping many hoarders.
"We have someone with the big stick saying youÂre in violation of public health and safety codes and then we have the carrot, a social worker or public health nurse who tells them ÂWeÂll advocate on your behalf and help you stave off an eviction while youÂre in mental health treatment. ThatÂs where weÂre seeing lasting change."

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 9:53AM
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lionors

"Hoarders were found to have lower activity in a specific part of the brain that's involved in decision-making, focused attention and the regulation of emotion."

and

"Not just their possessions, but other things, like finishing tasks. We see a lot of attention deficit problems in hoarding."

Interesting.

SIL hasn't been diagnosed with ADD, but her brother has. She has severe PMS, and one of the components is an inability to make decisions.

She can't clean her house because she can't decide where things should go.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 3:34PM
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