While not currently given a clear definition in psychiatric volumes, hoarding is a serious mental health problem. In fact, according the Compulsive Hoarding Center, compulsive hoarding is estimated to affect approximately 3 million Americans. While the simplest solution to the problem would seem to be to call a New York junk removal company, it is rarely that easy. These men and women suffer from a clinical syndrome (disposophobia) and need clinical help. In true cases of compulsive hoarding, a psychiatric professional should be called before any debris removal can begin. While you, or a loved one, is searching for a mental health professional (or are in the process of getting help), there are a number of incredibly helpful books on the market. We have compiled a list of three especially useful titles. Check them out:
- Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee) – Well researched and fascinating, this book gives an overview of how stuff starts to own people.
- Digging Out (Michael A. Tompkins and Tamara L. Hartl) – An incredible guide for helping loved ones who suffer from compulsive hoarding.
- Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding (Bubrick, Neziroqlu,Tobias and Perkins) – Clear, practical explanation of the compulsion and a step-by-step guide to getting free.