Watching Hoarders right now… Yikes..

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@okqueenbee:  If you notice they usually lose someone they love without dealing with the grief before they start hoarding and usually the initial hoard consists of things belonging to the dead person.  Then they start making the connection that material things are more permanent than people so they identify with the stuff they hoard.  It’s really tough to recover and relapses are extremely common because by the time they receive help or therapy, the hoarding has been going on for so long it’s ingrained in their daily life and psyche.  Plus, they still have to deal with the incident that initially set off the hoarding.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My FI jokes that I’m a hoarder but I’m definitely not even close. My FSIL is a bit more than me but still nothing actually serious. She has like 3 old laptops that she won’t get rid of. I have 2 =P one I want to get rid of though, I just don’t know where to take it because it has all my personal info & I want it wiped before I toss/donate it.

I’ll keep things that I feel like will/can be used. The people on those shows literally keep TRASH. I know it’s super mental but I don’t get it.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

They are NOT “choosing” to live that way. Hoarding is an anxiety disorder. Frankly I find the show to be disgusting. They are displaying these people’s lives in a way soely to elicit shock and sensationalize the issue. Disgusting. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

While I agree the people are being exploited, I also think there is some benefit to airing the show.  It encourages families to recognize hoarding behavior and to intervene earlier on before the hoard gets too out of control.  It also shows how important it is for people to properly grieve the loss of a loved one and to consider grief counseling if the death is particularly unexpected or upsetting.

Post # 8
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Newbee

@HappySky7:  Agreed. I haven’t seen a single show about hoarding that hasn’t been exploitative. You can tell because the majority of each episode is focused on the size/content of the hoard itself and the acute distress of the hoarder as “cleaners” come in and take their belongings, with very little background info or follow up.

I would really prefer a show that delves into the psychological issues behind the behavior, because it operates in a very similar way to more “acceptable” issues like addiction, OCD, etc. Compulsive hoarding is an outward manifestation of internal distress, and behavioral addiction can be just as difficult to kick as chemical addiction. But that doesn’t make good TV. 

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