Department of Psychology


Help for Hoarding

International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF)

The IOCDF is an organization of and for people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It has also become an organization for people with hoarding problems and their family members. The IOCDF hosts a Hoarding Center on its website. This website contains the most accurate and up-to-date information about hoarding and its treatment. In addition, IOCDF holds an annual conference that includes workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and networking for its members. Researchers and clinicians also attend, but the focus is squarely on consumers.

Hoarding Disorder is Treatable

Our research indicates that hoarding can be efectively treated. However, a specialized form of therapy is needed. People receiving the treatment improve significantly over time (Tolin, Frost, & Steketee, 2007) and improve significantly more than people on a wait list (Steketee et al., 2010). The best way to find a theraist in your area who can do the treatment is to visit the IOCDF website, which has a therapist finder.

Self-Help and Support Groups

Because it can be difficult to find a therapist who knows how to do this therapy, and expensive if you do, we have developed a program that does not require a therapist. It is not a substitute for therapy and it will not cure your hoarding problem, but we have found that it greatly improves the living situation, the ability to tackle this problem, and the motivation to keep at it. The program is a 13-15 week support group run by a non-professional facilitator. Each week of the program is devoted to one or two chapters of our self-help book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding. Everything needed to set up and run the groups (except for BIT) is contained in the "Facilitator's Manual" which can be downloaded here on the IOCDF website.

Randy Frost



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