Hoarding can make life a misery for individuals and their families, affecting health and lifestyle, and posing a significant risk of fire and other dangers. Research suggests that 25% of accidental domestic fire deaths involve hoarding.
This book aims to help those who are affected by hoarding difficulties, including friends and family. Topics include:
What is Hoarding Disorder – the five diagnostic criteria
What triggers hoarding – abuse, bereavement, childhood issues, and so on
Who can help a hoarder and how to help
How to assess clutter
Why an intense clear-out doesn’t work
Taking steps to deal with it – an 8-step plan
Where does my stuff go?
Safeguarding – working with local councils and social services
Therapies and resources