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Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

Hoarding: Is There Any Hope?

We have a church member who I think needs help. She was ill recently, and I took some food to her. I could hardly get into her home because of all the stuff she has hoarded. Old magazines and countless boxes of stuff, including items purchased at sales that were still in the original packets, unopened and unused. She seemed kind of sad and depressed, and not receptive to me helping her clear some of it out. What should I do?

Hoarding has been recently introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, as a mental disorder. This is not the mere collecting of specific things such as stamps …

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