People who hoard struggle to discard their possessions, which often leads to anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties and even problems with personal health and safety.

Hoarding Disorder

This webinar will outline our current understanding of hoarding behaviour, the impact on mental health hoarding can have, and how health professionals can support people who hoard to make the changes they want to see in their lives.

Our panel will include a loved-one of someone who hoards, a clinical psychologist experienced in treating hoarding disorder and a hoarding researcher.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the cognitive behavioural underpinnings of hoarding behaviour and the diagnosis of Hoarding Disorder
  • Describe the way in which they would have a conversation with someone about their hoarding behaviour, including using common measures of hoarding disorder symptoms
  • Identify strategies that may help someone manage the mental health issues related to hoarding, including online tools and resources
  • Identify services in the community that can help with practical issues related to hoarding

The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

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