Workers train to help those with hoarding behavior

6:20 AM, Jun 26, 2009   |    comments
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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.

The workshop was filled with over 70 + DCF employees. Participants learned the symptoms of compulsive hoarding, discussed biological and physiological aspects of hoarding, and identifed intervention methods for patients.

Earlier - we ran a story on a woman that was found to have 40 cats in her home. Investigators told us that this is an example of hoarding behavior.

To read that story, click here.

Dr. Tolin is the founder and director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital. He is also an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters related to mental health. He is co-author of Buried Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding.

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