A decade ago, when they began their study on hoarding, Randy Frost and Gail Steketee expected to find only a few sufferers. Instead, they ended up treating hundreds of patients. In their book “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”, they explore the compulsion through a series of case studies. With vivid portraits that show us the traits by which you can identify a hoarder, Frost and Steketee explain the causes and outline the often-ineffective cures for the disorder. For the 6 million sufferers, their relatives and friends, and all the rest of us that have complicated relationships with our things, “Stuff” answers the question of what happens when what we own starts to own us.
Randy Frost, co-author of “STUFF: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”