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CenterPointe Hospital Hosts Lecture on Hoarding

Debbie Kricenski, Resource Coordinator, Problem Properties Unit, St. Louis County Department of Public Works

WELDON SPRING, MO: On Friday, March 24, 2017 Debbie Kricenski from the St. Louis County Problem Properties Unit, Department of Public Works, spoke to an audience of 200 at CenterPointe Hospital on the topic, “Addressing Hoarding Issues.” Hoarding Disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by a difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful, and efforts to get rid of the items and not acquire new items causes distress.

Ms. Kricenski’s presentation addressed some of the underlying psychological issues in hoarding behavior such as obses-sive depression disorder, depression, grief, loss and trauma, as well as and emphasized the need for a sensitive, empa-thetic approach when working with individuals with hoarding tendencies.

Ms. Kricencki works closely with many other agencies including police, emergency medical services, fire department, mental health facilities, Divisions on Aging, Department of Family Services, as well as with case workers, family mem-bers, friends and neighbors.

About CenterPointe Hospital: CenterPointe Hospital is a 150-bed private, psychiatric hospital serving the mental health and addiction needs of adults, senior adults and adolescents in the metropolitan St. Louis area and throughout the country. Inpatient and outpatient treatment services are available at the St. Charles (Weldon Spring) facility, and outpatient services are provided at several locations throughout the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area and Central Missouri. CenterPointe provides the area’s only private residential center for addiction treat-ment, The Changing Pointe.

For more information or to make a referral call: 800-345-5407 Toll Free or 636-477-2136 Admissions CenterPointe Hospital 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304