It’s the holiday season, and Christmas is fast approaching. If you struggle with hoarding behaviors then you might find this time of year to not only be exciting, but also quite challenging. Hoarding disorder (HD), recognized since 2013 as its own condition rather than a subtype of OCD, is a problem that afflicts millions of… Read more »
Why Attend the 7th Annual Hoarding Meeting?
by Randy Frost, PhD This year, the International OCD Foundation’s 7th Annual Hoarding Meeting will be held July 18-21 in Austin, TX . Though a commonly used term, hoarding disorder (HD) has only been recognized as a mental health condition in the past 20 years. It became one of the newest mental health disorders in… Read more »
Will the KonMari Method Help Everyone Declutter?
This article is an edit of “My possessions spark joy! Will the KonMari decluttering method work for me?”, originally published by The Conversation. Melissa M. Norberg, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University Jessica R. Grisham, UNSW Australia is the sixth-largest contributor of household waste per capita in the world. We spend more than $A10.5 billion annually on goods and… Read more »
In the News: When things become too much: How to help a hoarder
In a recent Chicago Tribune feature by Alison Bowen, married couple Bec and Lee Shuer share the steps they took to manage Lee’s hoarding disorder. In the article, Lee discusses how hoarding impacted his life, and how with support from Bec, he was able to overcome his disorder, and eventually offer help to others. When Bec and Lee Shuer… Read more »
In the News: Where the TV shows get it wrong on hoarding
The Boston Globe Magazine recently featured an excellent story by Scott Helman about the reality of living with hoarding disorder. ALMOST ALWAYS, the piles tell a story. One man collected thousands of stuffed animals. His menagerie, waist-high in places, covered his bedroom. He’d missed out on a true childhood, he explained. The animals offered a chance… Read more »
In the News: Hoarding in the Time of Marie Kondo
The Atlantic recently published an article about hoarding disorder after a reporter visited the Annual Hoarding Meeting at the 23rd Annual OCD Conference in Chicago. The headline refers to organizational expert, Marie Kondo, and the recent popularity of her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The popularity… Read more »
The April edition of “Spotlight: Hoarding Disorder News & Research Updates” is here!
Welcome to the April edition of Spotlight. As a reminder, this quarterly blog series brings you the latest research news and information about hoarding disorder (HD), from highlighting work by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board to the latest headlines in journals and popular media alike. This blog series is part of our larger Spotlight series, which contains… Read more »
Introducing “Spotlight: OCD News & Research Updates”
Welcome to Spotlight, a new blog series aimed at bringing you the latest research news and information about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. Each quarter, we’ll also round up the biggest and most interesting news in the field of hoarding disorder research — from highlighting work by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board to… Read more »
3rd Annual Hoarding Meeting Offers Resources, Support in Boston This Summer
Hoarding disorder (HD) presents a unique challenge because of how it impacts such a wide variety of individuals, agencies, and groups. As such, our goal at the IOCDF has been to continue to design and develop comprehensive resources that help support individuals with hoarding disorder while also addressing the family, community, and public impacts of HD. During the… Read more »
All about the 2nd Annual Hoarding Meeting: An Interview with Gail & Randy
aWe are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, we will be holding the <a href=”http://www.ocd2014.org/program/hoarding/”>Annual Hoarding Meeting</a> at the IOCDF’s <a href=”http://www.ocd2014.org/”>Annual OCD Conference</a>. The 2nd Annual Hoarding Meeting provides critical information to individuals, families, and loved ones affected by hoarding disorder, with the goal of improving access to effective… Read more »