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A cluttered, disorganized living environment is as common as it is unsettling for many people who have ADHD. Overwhelm often prevents them from even getting started on decluttering. For some people, the clutter reaches a level that compromises their ability to live safely in their homes. This is usually the result of hoarding disorder. Sometimes, it’s difficult to discern what constitutes clutter versus hoarding.

Michael Tompkins, Ph.D., will explain why the traits in ADHD contribute to excessive clutter and hoarding. He will also walk viewers through the process of managing these often-debilitating situations and employing strategies for success.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • About the ADHD traits and underlying causes that contribute to clutter and hoarding
  • About signs of clutter and hoarding, and red flags for when clutter turns into hoarding
  • How clutter is different from hoarding, and the characteristics that define each
  • About practical strategies to help decrease clutter and disorganization
  • How to deal with hoarding in your own living situation or with a loved one
  • How cognitive behavior therapy for ADHD and hoarding can help people manage better

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Meet the Expert Speaker

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, and a faculty member of the Beck Institute for Cognitive and Behavior Therapy. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as 16 books, including Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Cutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (with Tamara L. Hartl) (New Harbinger, 2009) and Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach (Springer, 2014). (#CommissionsEarned) The Mental Health Association of San Francisco awarded him the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the understanding of hoarding and cluttering. Dr. Tompkins has presented to national and international audiences on the topic hoarding, particularly managing hoarding behaviors through a harm reduction approach.

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