I finally watched the Hoarding show on TV because so many friends and clients had talked about it.  It was pretty sad.  Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t imagine why any person with the disorder would allow cameras into their homes.  Do they really believe that they will be helped by this television display?  I guess that these people are at their wit’s end and are willing to try anything.  I am more creeped out by filmmakers who have decided that filming these houses is a great way to make money.

                                                                                  What is hoarding?

Hoarding is a compulsion – so it is basically an anxiety disorder.  It develops over time, not overnight, and probably starts with a pretty normal idea like, “I better keep this – I might need it.”  Later the “keeping” extends to everything and does not discriminate between items that are useful (tax records) from those that are absurd (bottle caps and mail inserts).

It is difficult to stop hoarding behaviors without help.  But, many hoarders don’t see the problem so they don’t get help.  Others are too ashamed, so they don’t get help either.  Family members are often the people who blow the whistle on hoarding.  There are resources to check out. I liked this one: http://www.compulsive-hoarding.org

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