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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 2
  January 21, 2011
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When Too Much Stuff Really Is Too Much
Hoarding Disorder Can Have Dangerous Ramifications
  Dr. Randy Frost of Smith College  
  Dr. Randy Frost of Smith College  

There are probably many of us, especially in the wake of the holidays, who have homes or offices that are less neat than we’d like them to be. Maybe there are piles of papers, files or books that we put off sorting because we’ve grown accustomed to them, and they don’t interfere with our daily routines.

This tendency is common and rarely cause for concern. Unfortunately, for some people the accumulation of stuff can develop into a more advanced state of clutter, turning a few piles into roomfuls of belongings that get in the way of living life. These people suffer from hoarding.

Defined as the acquisition of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions that invade living spaces in such a way that people can no longer live normally in them, hoarding was the subject of a recent NIMH Innovation Speaker Series lecture at the Neuroscience Center. Three visiting researchers presented what they’ve learned about the disorder and called for further study.

Kaplan Joins NIH as OBSSR Director
  Dr. Robert M. Kaplan

Dr. Robert M. Kaplan will join NIH Feb. 1 as director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and NIH associate director for behavioral and social sciences research.

“NIH will benefit from Dr. Kaplan’s longstanding proven expertise in high priority behavioral health areas such as tobacco-induced lung disease,” said NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, who announced the appointment last July.

OBSSR focuses on how behavioral and social factors often influence illness and health. The office stimulates and integrates behavioral and social sciences research across the institutes and centers to improve the understanding, treatment and prevention of disease.