Compulsive hoarding syndrome: engaging patients in treatment
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Compulsive hoarding syndrome: engaging patients in treatment

Satwant Singh Nurse consultant in cognitive behaviour therapy and mental health, Wordsworth Health Centre, London
Colin Jones Senior lecturer/researcher, Liverpool John Moores University

Satwant Singh and Colin Jones describe a creative approach to the condition, which includes visual methods to improve outcomes

The safety and quality of life of an individual, their family members and others can be compromised by compulsive hoarding syndrome. However services and treatment options remain limited despite increased awareness of its effects. The London Hoarding Treatment Group has developed a creative approach to treatment by using visual-method interventions to engage people with the condition. This article provides guidance on how mental health professionals can help people to cope with compulsive hoarding syndrome.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 4, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 January 2013

Accepted: 13 May 2013