Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN 10: 1572245948
ISBN 13: 978-1572245945
Many people who hoard understand the extent of their problem and are open to help. This book is not for them. Digging Out is for the concerned and frustrated friends and family members of people who do not fully accept the magnitude of their hoarding problem and refuse help from others. If you have a friend or loved one with a hoarding problem and are seeking a way to guide him or her to a healthier, safer way of life, this book is for you.
In Digging Out, you will find a complete guide to helping your loved one with a hoarding problem live safely and comfortably in his or her home or apartment. Included are realistic harm reduction strategies that you can use to help your loved one manage health and safety hazards, avoid eviction, and motivate him or her to make long-term lifestyle changes. You'll learn how to handle a roommate or spouse with a hoarding problem, identify and work through special considerations that may arise when the person who hoards is frail and elderly, and receive guidance for healing strained relationships between people who hoard and their friends and family. Take heart. With this book as a guide, you can help your loved one live more comfortably and safely, salvage your damaged relationship, and restore your peace of mind.
Digging Out is a wonderful book for those who have family members or other loved ones with compulsive hoarding and cluttering problems. It provides a practical, realistic, in-depth, and empathic approach for helping to manage this serious and often debilitating problem using harm-reduction techniques. This book manages that most difficult of combinations -- to provide hope and guidance without minimizing the potential obstacles to success.
Carol A Mathews MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Clinic
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Digging Out is a remarkable book. Michael Tompkins and Tamara Hartl walk the reader step by step through the difficult process of letting go of unrealistic expectations, healing old wounds, and helping loved ones get much-needed help for compulsive hoarding. This book is likely to become a "must-read" for family members of people with significant hoarding problems.
David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP
Director, Anxiety Disorders Center
The Institute of Living
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
Undoubtedly, "Digging Out" is one of the best available texts for assisting the families of those suffering from Hoarding and Cluttering declutter and help their loved ones live in a healthy environment. The authors Michael Tompkins and Tamara Hartl provide a systematic approach to understanding the problem of hoarding and cluttering that will equally be useful for other service providers such as Public Health Inspectors involved with code enforcement, Social Workers and Adult Protective Services who work with clients especially in our Single Room Occupancy Hotels and Shelters in San Francisco. I highly recommend the book for all who work with or may come across people struggling with hoarding and cluttering in their respective job functions.
Dr. Johnson Ojo, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is Special Programs Manager, who also regulate the hotels and shelters used to house the homeless and GA clients in the City and County of San Francisco, Dept. of Public Health.
This excellent book is a boon to people that hoard, their families, and mental health professionals. It provides a clear method -- "harm reduction" -- that has been proven effective in reducing the dangerous consequences of hoarding, while promoting positive relationships between the hoarder and their loved ones. The authors are to be commended for the benefits offered by Digging Out to the many people who have to cope with this disabling disorder.
Paul R. Munford, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Center Director
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center for OCD & Anxiety
"If your loved one has a problem with compulsive saving, this book can help you both save what really counts: yourselves! With equal parts compassion, wisdom, and practicality, Michael Tompkins and Tamara Hartl offer step-by-step instructions for helping family members and friends with hoarding challenges. The authors' passion for their work comes through on every page, and their extensive experience is evident in every nugget of advice they offer."
Author, When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty
Dr. Tompkins' new book Digging Out, is an excellent, practical, thorough tool for families of people with hoarding and cluttering issues. Digging Out provides readers with clear, thoughtful explanations of this serious issue, the emotional impact from the sufferer's perspective, and teaches specific approaches that families can practice and utilize to work with the family member with a hoarding or cluttering problem, using a compassionate, harm reduction approach. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting concrete tools and skills in dealing with this thorny issue.
Cindy E. Rasmussen, MSW, LCSW
Supervisor, Adult Protective Services
Department of Aging and Adult Services
San Francisco, CA
From the Publisher
In Digging Out, two psychologists who specialize in compulsive hoarding show readers with a friend or family member who hoards how to use harm reduction, a proven-effective model, to help their loved one live safely and comfortably in his or her own home and improve their relationship with the hoarder.
From the Author
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About the Author
Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, a founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as four books including, My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic (with Katherine Martinez) (Magination Press/American Psychological Association, 2009); and Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Cutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (with Tamara L. Hartl) (New Harbinger, 2009) regarded as a seminal work on the topic of compulsive hoarding. He is a member of the San Francisco Task Force on Hoarding and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on television (The Learning Channel, Arts & Entertainment) and radio (KQED, KPFA).
Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D., is a clinical instructor at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and a staff psychologist in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She also has an independent clinical practice in Saratoga, CA. Hartl has coauthored several seminal publications on hoarding behavior, including a cognitive-behavioral model of compulsive hoarding that she co-created in 1996 and later published in Behavior Research and Therapy. Hartl specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and sexual dysfunction as well as compulsive hoarding.
Foreword writer Gail Steketee, Ph.D., is a professor and co-chair in the department of clinical practice at the School of Social Work at Boston University. She is coauthor of Buried in Treasures.
Foreword writer Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., teaches abnormal psychology at Smith College in Northampton, MA. He is coauthor of Buried in Treasures.