Hoarding: what is it and why do people do it?
Compulsive hoarding (more accurately described as “hoarding disorder”) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk from fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.
Researchers have only recently begun to study hoarding, and it was first defined as a mental disorder in the 5th edition of the DSM in 2013. It is not clear whether “compulsive” hoarding is a separate, isolated disorder, or rather a symptom of another condition, such as OCD. Prevalence rates have been estimated at 2-5% in adults, though the condition typically manifests in childhood with symptoms worsening in advanced age when collected items have grown excessive and family members who would otherwise help to maintain and control the levels of clutter either die or move away. Hoarding appears to be more common in people with psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Other factors often associated with hoarding include alcohol dependence as well as paranoid, schizotypal, and avoidance traits. Family histories show strong positive correlations.
In 2008 a study was conducted to determine if there is a significant link between hoarding and interference in occupational and social functioning. Hoarding behavior is often severe because of poor insight of the hoarding patients in that they do not recognize it as a problem. Without this insight, it is much harder for behavioral therapy to be the key to the successful treatment of compulsive hoarders. The results found that hoarders were significantly less likely to see a problem in a hoarding situation than a friend or a relative might. This is independent of OCD symptoms as patients with OCD are often very aware of their disorder.
Hoarding is a general term for a behavior that leads people or animals to accumulate food or other items during periods of scarcity.
Civil unrest or natural disaster may lead people to hoard foodstuffs, water, gasoline and other essentials which they believe, rightly or wrongly, will soon be in short supply. Survivalists, also known as preppers, often stockpile large supplies of these items in anticipation of a large-scale disaster event.
Some hoarding in humans may be a form of an anxiety disorder such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), where the perceived importance of the hoarded items far exceeds their true value.Humans may lose the desire to throw away unneeded items because of a feeling of attachment to these items. In severe cases, houses belonging to such people may become a fire hazard (due to blocked exits and stacked papers) or a health hazard (due to vermin infestation, excreta and detritus from excessive pets, hoarded food and garbage or the risk of stacks of items collapsing on the occupants and blocking exit routes).
That gives you a couple definitions. However; I believe there are 2 types of hoarders! Well maybe 3.
The 3rd being the Doomsday Prepper.
That’s a cool hoarder and not the topic of discussion!
The 2nd Hoarder is the popular Hoarder as of late: the Extreme Hoarder what they boil down to is a feeling of self worth! They believe everything is worth money and you can’t get rid of their possessions! The Super Extreme ones you see on tv on shows like Hoarders, American Pickers and occasional Storage Wars they get so extreme that they start collecting everything even junk like candy and food wrappers! That’s crazy and also not the topic of discussion, although it is sometimes fun to watch.
The Hoarder I am talking about is the average everyday Hoarder! What is that? Well it’s probably your mother or father or close relative! Why do they Hoard? What’s wrong with them? Why do they clutter up the house and hold on to junk? Will you please throw that crap out!
I have recently emptied my storage shed that I have had for many years. In doing so, I have learned the root cause of the Hoarding and why they do it! It wasn’t easy to do it, let me tell you!
First of all they are not hoarding junk! They are not hoarding garbage! They are not cluttering the house with useless stuff!
You say hold on! Yes they are! The place is a mess! I don’t believe you! I can see it with my own eyes! No, no you really can’t!
So; if they aren’t Hoarding junk what are they doing?
They are Hoarding Memories! I can tell you when emptying my storage shed except for all the empty boxes I had; (yes I had a bunch of empty boxes, I’ll get to that later lol) everything thing in there I can tell you a story about! “Do you see this Tshirt? I got it at the first concert my uncle took me to when I was a kid! We had a great time and he was actually like an older brother! I love him so much!”
You see they are Hoarding memories! So next time you want to yell at them, think about it first and ask them about their items! They may be able to tell you why they have it and in sharing the memory they may be able to let go of the item and throw it out.
Then again you have the combo Borderline Hoarders like myself! Who I like to refer to are collectors! I have a few collections: Guns, Swords… Weapons that’s due to my military and martial art background. Popular collections such as: Star Wars toys, baseball cards, comic books, autographs etc… That stuff is the extreme hoarder side: it’s worth money!
I did however; learn a few things along the way: baseball cards and comic books are anal! It must look like it’s never been touched by human hands in order to be worth real money, so don’t go overboard! One little dinged corner and it’s shit! If it’s a little discolored… Shit! I hope you have an air tight vacuum sealed vault!
The solution is this: look at my previous posts for example the Restaurant Review: One Lucky Duck in there I share a quote: everything in moderation!
It’s ok to do all the above, but do it in moderation! Save some memories, save some monetary possessions and be a Doomsday Prepper! But, when it starts to consume your life, remember everything in moderation! Don’t go to extremes!
This goes for everything! Collections, sex, religion, politics, food all the taboo subjects lol
Anything and everything!
Remember what I learned from the Dalai Lama: compassion! Have compassion for the hoarder in your life! Try to understand why they do it and have a little patience! Share in the memories! Unless it’s a memory of a past lover, in that case you can ignore the Dalai Lama and kick their ass! Lol
“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
Bonus: Why was my storage shed loaded with empty boxes? Because; I am a little OCD and I knew I was going to be moving again, so I kept the original boxes to put it back in when I move so nothing gets damaged.
Not sure if I posted for storage wars, I thought I did, but I can’t find it…
Love this show!!
The stakes are higher; the rivalries more intense; the drama more explosive. Get set for a wild ride as everyone’s favorite treasure hunters return for an action packed second season.
“Storage Wars,” which follows teams of bidders looking to score it big in the high stakes world of storage auctions, ranks as A&E’s number one series of all time among adults 25-54. During its first season, the series averaged 2.8 million viewers per episode and peaked at 3.8 million.
In season two the hunt continues as the fortune foursome blaze through Southern California storage facilities — but with new enemies and higher stakes, finding auction treasure has never been more difficult. Dave Hester opens an auction house, forcing a sizable investment that could destroy his “Mogul” status. Troubles at home sideline Darrell Sheets’ business, causing the “Gambler” to take desperate measures. And the rivalry between them both has never been more heated. Meanwhile, Jarrod and Brandi open an annex to their shop, laying down the gauntlet to their bankrolled competition. And after selling rap impresario Suge Knight’s clothes, Barry Weiss is just trying to stay out of trouble. Hollywood memorabilia and vintage guitars are just a small measure of the plunder to be found and in this world where cash is king and winner takes all, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top.
“Storage Wars” is produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company (“Ice Road Truckers” and “Deadliest Catch”) for A&E Network. Executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal. Jeff Conroy is co-executive producer and Dolph Scott is series producer. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Fred Grinstein.
Dave is the best at it!, Jared & Brandi buy junk, Darryl gets lucky sometimes, but a lot of times goes home empty handed, Barry is the coolest and usually looses and if he does find something good he usually keeps it or gives it away lol. If his character is real, this guy is freaking loaded!!!
He has a car collection like you wouldn’t believe!
Here is my favorite:
This one’s not too bad either.
He has a bunch more but I can’t find pics! A jaguar another truck and bunch of other ones! oh and some bikes too!
He’s also my favorite on the show, I would like to be able to hangout with him lol. Maybe I like him because he dresses like Charlie Sheen lol
What I don’t like is they all try and run up the prices on each other, with no intention of buying. That’s just mean. And in the long run they all loose money.
Here’s a mean move:
Jared is known to like safes and will pay quite a bit for a unit with a safe.
If I was Dave I would save all the junk I couldn’t sell from a bunch of units, then box all the stuff up (because Darrell is known to like a bunch of sealed boxes) also write fake labels on the boxes such as collectibles, books, artwork etc… Have a friend rent a unit and totally pack the unit, then go buy a big safe and put only a note in it that says hi Jared sucker! On the back of it write hi Darrell sucker! Have friend default on the unit so it gets auctioned off. Those 2 will run up the price!!!
That should teach Jared or Darrell a lesson!
There is also a Storage Wars Texas, but it sucks! The characters are not as likeable.
Don’t forget shipping wars lol a ridiculous show! What’s next?
Parking wars! Now that’s out of control!! Wtf!!! Why not put other menial labor jobs on tv!! How bout landscaper wars? Or postman wars? You can watch the mailman get chased by dogs and see weirdos answer the door in their undies or some weird costume. How bout stocking wars? You can go to the grocery store and watch people stock shelves for an hour! How bout maid wars? You can watch maids make a bed and clean a room for an hour!
C’mon!! This bullshit!! Storage wars is great because you can find hidden treasure, but shipping and parking c’mon!! Please spare us!! Get creative and do something new! Not boring!!
Something doesn’t add up with Barry Weiss!! He is listed retiring from the produce business with his brother. Was he a majority partner in A&P or some other large chain? It doesn’t add up! Yes he could easily own all those beautiful cars if he was in the produce business, but what about all his connections? Stuart Copeland, (The Fake) Jesse James (West Coast Choppers), Thom Beers (storage wars producer), Brad Whitford and I’m sure there are others!!
How do you make those friends being only in produce!!