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Hoarding is a mental disorder that is difficult to treat and is often judged as a personal problem rather than a mental disorder.
The new appearance of television shows that are specific to this mental disorder like the Hoarder Next Door and Britain's Biggest Hoarders place this disorder in the spotlight.
Hoarding is defined as the acquirement of, and inability to discard worthless items even though they appear to have no value.
Hoarding behaviours can occur in a variety of psychiatric disorders and in the normal population, but are most commonly found in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. We will be exploring definition, signs and symptoms of hoarding from an integrative perspective.
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Stelios Kiosses is the Clinical Lead for Dementech Neurosciences and a research collaborator with The Computational Psychopathology Research Group based at the University of Oxford. He is a graduate from the University of Oxford in Psychodynamic Counselling and Clinical Supervision. He was originally trained as an Experimental Psychologist at Sussex University under the supervision of Professor Stuart Sutherland and continued his training as an integrative Psychotherapist and Human Factors specialist from the University of Birmingham. Stelios is a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College University of London and was originally appointed as an honorary senior lecturer at the department of Psychiatry University of Birmingham on the MSc in Psychiatry (Family and Mental Health). He has acted as a TV Psychologist and Presenter for Channel 4 Television (The Hoarder Next Door) and is currently involved with several other TV and radio projects. He is also a faculty member of ESAG (European Society of Aesthetic Gynaecology), and works in developing research and therapeutic models in understanding the psychological factors that influence cosmetic and aesthetic gynaecology such as Body Dysmorphia. He is a Patron of the Princes School of Traditional Arts one of HRH Prince of Wales core charities.
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