The first clinical guide to this psychiatric illness, officially recognized by the DSM in 2013.
Everybody has heard the statements “she’s a pack rat” or “he’s a hoarder,” but how many of us really know what that means? Pathological hoarding was first formally conceptualized as a syndrome separate from OCD in the early 1990s, yet it wasn’t until 2013 that hoarding received formal psychiatric diagnostic criteria in the DSM.
How can a mental health professional who sees clients in an office determine if hoarding is a factor in a client’s life? Here, Carol Mathews provides readers with the first-ever comprehensive clinical book on hoarding, covering every aspect of the disorder. Topics include: epidemiology and impact; screening tools and clinical interview tools for assessment; differential diagnosis and co-occurring disorders; when to suspect mild cognitive impairment and dementia; hoarding behaviors in children; how to differentiate normal keeping of items from hoarding; animal hoarding; the neurobiology of hoarding disorder; treatments, both psychopharmacological and otherwise; self-help options; and the impact of hoarding on the family.
Dr. Mathews has written an extraordinary book on hoarding disorder... [It] includes not only what it's like for the person who has it, but what it's like for the family members. She introduces you to what happens in the brain areas that cause this disease and treatments that can work. This hopeful book is a must-read for professionals as well as patients and families who suffer from this disease. —Louann Brizendine, M.D., Neuropsychiatrist, Clinical Professor, UCSF, Marc and Lynne Benioff Endowed Professor of Psychiatry
Too few clinicians can clearly recognize hoarding disorder or know the options available to treat and manage the condition. In this clear and comprehensive book, Dr. Carol Mathews covers all the important bases...I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand this condition and how to help those who suffer with it. —Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, author of Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring
For people living with HD, 'stuff' is just the top of the proverbial iceberg. Recognizing and Treating Hoarding Disorder dives beneath the surface to examine the complexities of this often maligned and misunderstood mental health challenge. In a sea of misinformation, stigma, and shame, this book provides the science and sensitivity needed to navigate safely to a life less cluttered. —Lee Shuer, recovering finder/keeper and co-funding member of Mutual Support Consulting, LLC, coauthor of The Buried in Treasures Workshop Facilitator's Guide
...integrates the most contemporary research on epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and treatment of hoarding disorder while also producing a book that is accessible for a broad audience. Information is delivered in a manner that one can see the application readily and use the insights in their own practice or care of individuals struggling with hoarding. —Scott Mackin, PhD, Neuropsychlogist, Professor In Residence, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Franciso
We strongly suggest that you get [Carol Mathews'] book, Recognizing and Treating Hoarding Disorders.... [G]reat information and practical approaches from someone who really knows. —The Science of Psychotherapy Magazine
About the Author:
Carol Mathews, MD, is the Brooke Professor and the Vice Chair for Strategic Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. She is Director of the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders at U of F. She serves on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations, including the Tourette Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, and the MHASF Task Force on Hoarding and Cluttering. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.