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Animal Hoarding

When most people hear about animal hoarding, they recall shocking news stories about the “crazy cat lady.” They immediately side with the animals, rarely considering the life of what led to this behavior.

Hoarding: The Basics

I’ve always had trouble throwing things away. Magazines, newspapers, old clothes… What if I need them one day? I don’t want to risk throwing something out that might be valuable.

Treatment Planning for Hoarding

Dr. Bell begins the presentation by providing a brief overview of hoarding to highlight the issues to address in treatment. She then focuses on goal-setting and establishing a contract.

Understanding Hoarding Responses to Covid-19: Where Did All the Toilet Paper Go?

Hoarding behaviors range from the normal (i.e., acquiring and saving items we do not need and/or will not use) to the clinically diagnosable (i.e., having areas of your home that are not usable due to clutter). Most of us fall somewhere on this continuum.

Author
Melanie VanDyke, PhD, Sandra Carusa, PhD, & Tara Warren, PharmD Candidate

Melanie VanDyke is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.  Dr.

Dr. Mathews is the Brooke Professor and the Vice Chair for Strategic Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Mathews completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University and her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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