June 3, Help For Hoarding Disorder

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Hoarding, a persistent difficulty parting with possessions, is a complex psychological phenomenon where people collect and save mountains of items that appear to have little or no worth, often accumulating them to such a degree that their possessions overrun their living spaces. On top of emotional and health concerns, hoarding disorder can present a physical danger to the person struggling with the condition, as well as to the people with whom they live. Recent research and emerging science are beginning to clarify the causes of hoarding disorder, along with treatment options that can result in better decision-making and a happier, healthier life.

Shereen Siewert joins Dr. Scott Borkenhagen, a psychiatrist with Marshfield Clinic, and Marilyn Tomfohrde, chronic disorganization specialist with New Life Organizing, to discuss the signs and symptoms of hoarding disorder, risk factors to consider, when to bring in a health care provider and how to get help for yourself or a loved one struggling with this increasingly common condition.

Hoarding Disorder Resources

Scott Borkenhagen, MD
130 Warren St, Suite 132, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Marilyn Tomfohrde
New Life Organizing: http://www.newlifeorganizing.com/


  1. American Hoarding Alliance
  2. Center for Hoarding and Cluttering
  3. Hoarding Cleanup (800) 462-7337
    • Open 7 days / week from 8:00AM – 7:00PM
    • Provide a Nationwide Directory of (fee-for-service) hoarding cleanup services and mental health providers specializing in hoarding behavior.
    • Serves all of Wisconsin
  4. Children of Hoarders
  5. Environment Solutions (800) 990-0346
    • Serves Southern Wisconsin
    • Connected to Milwaukee Hoarder Cleanup
  6. Wisconsin Hoarding (262) 649- 7596 or (608) 351-2202 or (920) 221-7858
    • Clutter / hoarding cleanup, animal hoarding cleanup, remove biohazardous waste, recovery of valuables
  7. Bio-One (608) 609-5802
    • 4230 East Towne Blvd, #374 Madison, WI 53704
  8. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
    • Online resources: OCD Page has information on hoarding, current treatments, ways to support recovery and links to NAMI discussion groups
  9. National Institute of Mental Health
  10. International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center (617) 973-5801
  11. National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals
    • Offers a “find a professional” directory (fee-for-service) of organizers who specialize in hoarding.
  12. Clutterers Anonymous (866) 402-6685
  13. Institute for Challenging Disorganization (800) 674-78181 and
  14. Messies Anonymous
  15. The Hoarding Project
  16. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
    • https://chadd.org/
    • Local chapters in Madison, WI and Rochester and Eden Prairie, MN, and online
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Centers Directory
  17. The Clutter Movement Individual Facebook Support Group
  18. Engagement Strategies – Tompkins file:///D:/New%20Life%20Organizing/Hoarding/Tompkins_Keynote_Engaging-People-Who-Hoard.pdf


  1. Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding
    By David Tolin, Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee
    • Self-help outline, assessments, and strategies for behavioral change
  2. Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop
    By Jerome Bubrick
    • Overall view of compulsive hoarding, clinical self-help
  3. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
    By Randy Frost & Gail Steketee
    • Discusses “churning” – going through stuff but not throwing out
  4. Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring
    By Michael Tompkins and Tamara Hartl
    • Written for family members

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Kate Spranger Producer
  • Dr. Scott Borkenhagen Guest
  • Marilyn Tomfohrde Guest

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