Category: Gail Steketee

Take a look at your house – are you a hoarder?

November 24th, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, Orlando Sentinel, School of Social Work 0 comments

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But I might need it. But it was expensive. But it was Mom’s. But it still works. But it was a gift. But I might lose weight. But it might be worth something. But it’s irreplaceable. But I don’t have time to deal with it…

Expert quote:

“Our relationship with stuff can be put on a spectrum.”

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Experts speculate Pocheon murder suspect a ‘hoarder’

August 7th, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Crime experts raised speculation Thursday that a woman who kept two dead bodies in her house might be a patient of a disorder known as compulsive hoarding…

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When you can’t let go: Treatment can break the grip of hoarding disorder

July 9th, 2014 in 2014, Chicago Tribune, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions–even when we no longer need them. I have a collection of greeting cards I’ve been storing since childhood and will probably never look at again. My husband owns a few pieces of clothing older than our 17-year marriage…

Expert quote:

“There is some specific association to an object, or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way.”

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When you can’t let go: What to do about hoarding

May 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Many of us have trouble parting with our possessions—even when we no longer need them…

Expert quote:

“There is some specific association to an object, or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way.”

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For the love of lightening up

April 30th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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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 process…

Expert quote:

“There has not been much research into why we form these attachments to objects, psychologically, but most of us form them. Sometimes it’s just simple joy or aesthetics — there’s pleasure in seeing an object — but often nostalgia, guilt and anxiety play a role.”

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Szymanski, Frost, Steketee: New Houston ordinance criminalizes hoarders

April 26th, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Houston Chronicle, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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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…

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How to overcome a shopping addiction

March 27th, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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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 with compulsive hoarding, where people accumulate so much stuff that it interferes with their lives and living spaces.”

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How to Overcome Shopping Addiction

January 21st, 2014 in 2014, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work, U.S. News & World Report 0 comments

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January often inspires new resolutions to spend less money. For some people, that means first overcoming a shopping addiction…

Expert quote:

“In some cases, compulsive shopping overlaps with compulsive hoarding, where people accumulate so much stuff that it interferes with their lives and living spaces.”

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Emergency responders hindered by hoarding

June 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Associated Press, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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He who dies with the most toys wins … unless trapped under all those toys during a fire when rescue workers can’t get to you…

Expert quote:

“We know people who have filled one house, bought another, started to fill that house, and bought a third. So, these are people who have money and can just move from home to home.”

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Hoarding a ‘grave problem’ in Bucks County

June 17th, 2013 in 2013, Gail Steketee, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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He who dies with the most toys wins… unless trapped under all those toys during a fire when rescue workers can’t get to you…

Expert quote:

“We know people who have filled one house, bought another, started to fill that house, and bought a third. So, these are people who have money and can just move from home to home.”

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