Compulsive hoarding poses safety and psychological risks

Most of us save things memorabilia, collectibles, items from our childhood or from our children. But for more than an estimated million Americans, the saving may get out of hand and cross over to a psychiatric condition known as compulsive hoarding.
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  1. Maria King said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 5:05 am

    I was married to a hoarder, started off as a “collector” of items, turned into a total hoarder once I left him. It is truly a sickness.

  2. Jack Shanley said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 5:26 am


  3. RomylynBagos said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Its more important to start it in your own self and be a good example to each and every one.

  4. thetricon69 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    This same thing is what I hate about our home.

  5. curlew0609 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    I grew up in a house like that. Can’t feel sorry for my mother, too much personal baggage. Sometimes, after I moved out, she used to ask me if I wanted some filthy, mildewy, rat-poop-covered thing. I’d say “yes” so I could take it and throw it away. She had a “kanipshun” when she found out.

  6. Jenne M. H. said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    change (sorry)

  7. disposophobic said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Wow, you threw her stuff out without her permission. Some hoarders commit suicide or feel so violated they will not trust anyone to ever help them in a positive way. I see the dilemma and thank you that you have the information from the University of Michigan. I am a hoarder seeking help and proper therapy is very difficult to find. Nearly impossible. Especially that is covered by insurance. I am in a support group, in therapy with a therapist who is not a specialist, and taking medication.

  8. silvermystic2001 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    when I was growing up.. I never seen it .. or noticed it? but after I moved out.. just went back to say my his and whoa.. why is she keeping everything and she either doesn’t need it or hate it? (need meaning she THINKS she needs it…) How the heck can i get my mom back ahah.. its bad D;

  9. Dave Dages said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    What would the equivalent to female hoarding be for males?

  10. Jenne M. H. said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Im really scared to become like this
    I really want cahgne, and Im learning now

  11. Arekkusu2576 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    thats so sad

  12. EmpireLS56KW said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    It was that serious and the guy only lives across the road from me. He even used to bath towel to dry his friends dog, when I first popped over his home, after buying a kitten off his girlfriend. I couldn’t believe he used the same towel to then dry his hair after using it on a dog. WTF!

  13. EmpireLS56KW said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Its cat piss that has been sprayed all over the carpet sofa in the bathroom bedroom and the kitchen! Had newspaper all over the counter where food should be prepared had cat shit on it with around 100 or so files LOL buzzing around in the summertime heat! I had “the right stuff” I managed to tolerate it, for 2 hours before leaving and sticking my cloths in the washing machine and taking a bath.

  14. EmpireLS56KW said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I know this other person who has 4 cats in his home all indoor cats. The home stinks it will burn you’re throat the moment you step inside the door, (point of fact it will burn you’re throat, the moment the door is opened)!

  15. EmpireLS56KW said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    WTF! The pervious tenant used to store rubbish from dustbins in the home that I now occupier. I was told by the neighbours and I had to deal with silverfish for at least 4 months killing the fuckers stepping on them ever single night! I must have at least 4K silverfish under my slipper! They breaded because of the rubbish and the dampness in the home that took at least a few weeks for the guys to clean before I can move in.

  16. Kittyoday said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    My mom has this she fell and hurt her self I had to give up my job to take car of her her things come before me and her grandchild she just fell again and I told her if I was to take care of her we need to throw out or sell some stuf she says no it’s all I have in life what about her grand son and I I’m sorry I love her but when it goes that far it selfish and she even blames me for it sometime she just keeps on buying and bring junk in her house and dose not want help

  17. Kg277 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I need a survey crew to find my kitchen.. nasty stuff this hoarding!

  18. MultiMeli123 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    @boypaslot It is a compulsive/anxiety disorder often caused by somethig traumatic and maybe pregenetic dispositions as well. :)

  19. MultiMeli123 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    Someone is a Michigan fan! lol luv how you did that!

  20. magog1138 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    @ 0:20 God I wanna f**k her.

  21. redhot916spd said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    lazy people!!! read it and throw it away or recycle it, this is a bullshit diagnosis

  22. gravelandgrain100 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Hoarding is not a quick label. I am a brother to a person who had clothes and bags of books on top of power strips that were plugged in. She also had broken glass on the floor and loves my dogs to visit. I cannot have them visit as her house is a massive safety issue. I have depression, if I was to attempt to take my life wouldn’t someone intervene? I know the police would. She went to the psychologist and spent an hour crying about her lousy family.

  23. MISTASCUBA said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Thank you for posting this. At 44 yr old i am just realizing that my mother wasn’t just a bad housekeeper,but had a moderate hoarding disorder. While watching this video i saw the glimpse of a website called Children of Hoarders. I will now explore how this has contributed to some of my psycological problems as a adult. This is a prime example of how the internet is revelutionizing connecting people.

  24. ViperSRTnACR said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I’m the opposite, I like things to be organized, but I’m not a “neat freak” I don’t stress over being tidy, for me I guess I just don’t need a lot of things in life to live.

  25. beckyboles7 said,

    Wrote on March 5, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    omg omg omg!!!!!!!!! +_+

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