Stuff, and Our Various, Complex Attachments to It: Dr. Randy Frost, a Noted Expert on Hoarding

Oct 28, 2013

There's saving. There's keeping. There's collecting. And then there's hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is a problem in our society, and has long been seen as such, but it was only officially deemed a mental disorder with its inclusion, earlier this year, in the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM). In other words, from a clinical/medical/scientific perspective, researchers have only begun to study hoarding in a serious way over the last couple of decades. On this edition of ST, we offer an interesting discussion with Dr. Randy Frost of Smith College, who's among the country's leading experts on hoarding disorder. The books that Dr. Frost has co-written on this topic include "Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things," "Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding," and "Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide." Dr. Frost will be in Tulsa tomorrow (Tuesday the 29th) to participate in an all-day event presented by LIFE Senior Services called "Buried in Treasure: Understanding Hoarding Disorder." (See complete event details here.) Also, note that Dr. Frost will speak at an open-to-the-public reception and community presentation tomorrow as part of this event. His remarks will begin at 4:15pm or shortly thereafter at the Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills (which is located at 1902 E. 71st Street).