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Compulsive Hoarding: A Personal and Social Problem
Kirstie Kellman-McFarlane, Alison Welsted and Sheila Woody, Psychology, UBC
Coach House, Green College, UBC
February 18 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hoarding has recently become a topic of household conversation. Via reality TV shows and the news media, many have become enthralled with images and stories of individuals whose lives have been taken over by excessive accumulation of apparently worthless objects. Yet, many are aware that these are sensationalized and limited depictions of a complex psychological phenomenon. This presentation will address the following questions: What is and what is not compulsive hoarding? What are the prevalence and distribution of this condition? What is the status of compulsive hoarding as a psychological disorder? How do researchers and clinicians currently conceptualize compulsive hoarding? Why is it so difficult to treat? What types of treatment are currently available and what is being done in Vancouver to manage hoarding at the community level? In addressing these questions, the speakers will also present their ongoing research efforts. Their aim is to provide an overview of current, research-informed knowledge about compulsive hoarding to supplement current popular conceptions.

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