Saturday, June 27, 2009

Workers train to help those with hoarding behavior

by Theresa Collington 

Dr. David Tolin, Ph.D. Director of Anxiety Disorder Center at The Insitute of Living was in the Bay area today for two workshops on Hoarding. The Department of Children and Families hosted a special seminar in training for service workers of adults and the elderly on hoarding behavior.

Compulsive hoarding, a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a common and sometimes severe mental health problem that affects adults in our communities.

Today's workshops reviewed the nature of hoarding, the mental health connection, and new research findings regarding brain function in people who hoard. The goal is to help local service providers better assist adults who may have a hoarding issue and to teach them how to to help people reduce clutter and to master the psychological underpinnings of hoarding behaivor..."  More