Category: Gail Steketee

Hoarding helpers

Waterloo Chronicle Gail Steketee, School of Social Work After fielding thousands of calls and helping hundreds of hoarders deal with their affliction over the past two years, a local hoarding initiative is looking to expand across the province to help other communities diagnose and treat hoarders… Expert quote: “Because hoarding is a complicated problem and […]

For the love of lightening up

CNN.com Gail Steketee, School of Social Work Your Nana’s collection of figurines. The treadmill from your days as a runner. That unfinished five-year quilting project. As spring-cleaning season kicks in, you’re inspired to chuck anything that isn’t being put to good use. But then you falter, since getting rid of stuff can be an emotionally charged […]

Szymanski, Frost, Steketee: New Houston ordinance criminalizes hoarders

Houston Chronicle Co-written by Gail Steketee, School of Social Work While it seems that the authors of this ordinance set out to be sensitive to the complex issues surrounding hoarding disorder, we believe that calling it the Anti-Hoarding Ordinance needlessly stigmatizes those suffering from a mental illness… View full article by expert Gail Steketee

How to overcome a shopping addiction

U.S. News & World Report Gail Steketee, School of Social Work About 5 percent of Americans suffer from compulsive shopping, and even more struggle with lesser forms of overspending, says Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding based in Franklin, Mich… Expert quote: “In some cases, compulsive shopping overlaps […]