MedCircle Original Series

How to Help a Hoarder

Research suggests that about 14 million people suffer from hoarding disorder.

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Series Overview

Hoarding 101: How to Tell When It’s More Than Being Cluttered. 17 Min

Hoarding disorder affects twice the number of Americans that suffer from OCD. When does being a “collector” or “having a cluttered home” become full-on hoarding? In this session, Dr. Jenny Yip breaks down the basics of the disorder. She even shares the surprising behaviors you may not know are signs of hoarding.

Why Do People Hoard? (Causes + Risk Factors) 6 Min

Why do people hoard? In this session, Dr. Yip shares the latest research on the causes of hoarding disorder. She ends the session by dispelling the misconceptions surrounding who is at risk for hoarding disorder.

How to Spot the Hidden Signs of Hoarding Disorder 16 Min

Hoarding is a surprisingly secretive disorder. If you’re not actually exposed to a hoarder’s home, it’s difficult to spot the signs. In this session, Dr. Yip explains how you can spot the signs of hoarding disorder - even if you haven’t been exposed to the hoarding firsthand.

How to Convince a Hoarder to See a Professional 22 Min

Hoarding disorder is often sensationalized by the media. And the actual criteria that mental health professionals use to diagnose hoarding disorder are different than you think. In this session, Dr. Yip walks through how to spot them, and how to use motivational interviewing in order to convince someone to see a professional in the first place.

These Are the Steps to Diagnosing Hoarding Disorder 8 Min

There are specific steps that hoarding expert Dr. Yip takes in order to diagnose hoarding disorder in a patient. In this session you’ll learn what you need to know about that process.

The 6 Steps of Hoarding Disorder Treatment (& How to Find the Right Doctor) 29 Min

Recovery from hoarding disorder is very possible. But a hoarder cannot do it on their own. In this session, Dr. Yip walks through the steps of hoarding disorder treatment, and how long the treatment process takes. She also explains how to avoid the key obstacles to recovery from hoarding disorder.

The 3 Signs a Hoarder Has Recovered (& How to Prevent Relapse) 9 Min

What are the signs that a hoarder has recovered? And how can you spot a relapse - and prevent a relapse in the first place? Dr. Yip answers these questions and more in our final session.


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About the Series

Research suggests as many as 14 million people may suffer from a hoarding disorder. However, according to Dr. Jenny Yip, the majority of patients who have the right support system in place do recover.

This series will teach you the signs of compulsive hoarding and the strategies to help your loved one who’s showing these signs. Welcome to the MedCircle Premium Series, “How to Help a Hoarder: the Signs & Strategies.”

Who is this series for?

This series is for anyone who is struggling with hoarding behavior has been diagnosed with hoarding disorder.

This series is also a great tool for those who want to help someone with a hoarding disorder and need tools and strategies from a hoarding expert.

“It was incredibly comforting to listen to Dr. Yip’s advice and insight. We have two relatives who are struggling with hoarding and this series has helped in opening up those communication lines. Thank you!”
Tessa T.

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • The difference between collecting or having clutter and actual hoarding disorder
  • The causes and risk factors associated with hoarding
  • Helping a hoarding seek out professional help
  • The diagnostic process for hoarding disorder and the treatment options

“The most important determining factor is your motivation. If you’re motivated then this will work.”

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psy.D.


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