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.
Pete Rose – that is a subject that pisses me off beyond belief!!!!
For those of you that don’t know who he is:
Peter Edward Rose (born April 14, 1941), nicknamed “Charlie Hustle,” is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. Rose played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989.
Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and outs (10,328). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and made 18 All-Star appearances at an unequaled four different positions (2B, LF, RF, 3B & 1B).
In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the “permanently ineligible” list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters. In 2004, after years of public denial, Rose admitted to betting on baseball and on, but not against, the Reds. The issue of Rose’s possible re-instatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a contentious one throughout baseball.
Ok so the guy bet on baseball!! Who hasn’t been involved in a baseball or football pool at work c’mon! If I was a player or mma fighter and bets were being made, of course I would bet on myself!! That’s free money!!
Whether its wrong or not doesn’t matter. He wasn’t caught or accused of shaving points (that’s a big unethical no-no!) that’s straight up cheating!
If he wasn’t caught cheating then it shouldn’t be an issue!
Betting on sports has nothing to do with getting all those hits! Winning all those games and championship rings and all the records broken! That you can’t take away from the guy!! So, as a player he should be in the Hall of Fame!
Now, as a coach; that’s a different story! If he is a Hall of Fame worthy coach (and he was) sports gambling should disqualify him from the Hall of Fame as a coach! After all, those are 2 separate careers! If I was a player making 15 mil a year then I retired and wanted to be a scout, do you think get are going to pay me 15 mil a year to be a scout? Yeah, I don’t think so!! It’s 2 separate careers!!
You should treat it as such!
Now about the show:
Major League Baseball legend Pete Rose will be coming to TLC later this year with a new reality show about his life and impending wedding to model Kiana Kim. We’re looking forward to watching the romance between the 70-something superstar and his 30-something fiancee unfold.
The LA Times is already anticipating the new drama, “Expect to see some drama from Rose’s adult children, who are quite skeptical of the relationship, and some long-distance woes: Rose lives in Vegas and Kim lives in Los Angeles. But we’re pretty sure those crazy kids are gonna make it work.”
It’s about time he gets to voice his side of the story! As for the relationship, they are adults, if that makes them happy life is short!! Have fun! The popular saying now is YOLO – you only live once…
UNDERCOVER BOSS was the Emmy-nominated #1 new series of the 2009-2010 season, averaging 17.7 million viewers. UNDERCOVER BOSS premiered following the Super Bowl to 38.7 million viewers, the largest audience for a new series following the Super Bowl. It also ranks as the biggest new series premiere since 1987 and the most-watched premiere episode of any reality series.
Each week, UNDERCOVER BOSS follows a different executive as they leave the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects that their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering the unsung heroes who make their companies run.
Although its not a new show, this show is amazing! Beside CBS, you can also watch episodes on TLC.
It’s great to see how Senior Management (some of which started as Senior Management and didn’t start the company from the ground up) wants to get involved with every aspect of the company so they can grow as even more efficient managers. What they usually learn is: What looks good on paper,isn’t necessarily good in real life for the blue collar workers that it effects.
Then, they make every effort to utilize the knowledge that they learn and fine tune their companies.
And finally, they confront their trainers face to face and tell them, oh btw I am really your boss!
I love this show!
The moral of the story is: No matter how big or how small your company is, you should you know all aspects of your company including all job descriptions and what goes into actually doing those jobs, that way you can be an efficient and informed super manager!
I think the CEO’s and COO’s that go through Undercover Boss should be awarded a new title: Super CEO and Super COO respectively
If you are involved in any type of management you should watch this show! Learn from their experiences and try to apply it to your situation. I think this show is continuing education for management.
Watch this show!
Take an inside look into life with “Honey Boo Boo” where the six-year-old pageant sensation proves that she is more than just a beauty queen.
TLC first introduced viewers to TODDLERS & TIARAS star Alana, aka “ Honey Boo Boo” in January, where her amusing personality and self-confidence won over viewers and her self-proclaimed nickname became a fixture in pop culture. The network has now picked up the new series HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO, an inside look into Alana’s world where the six-year-old pageant sensation proves that she is more than a beauty queen. When she’s not chasing after crowns, Alana’s with her family in rural Georgia doing what her family does best: four-wheeling through mud pits and picking up road kill for the family cookout.
Each episode follows Alana and her family: stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 15-year-old Jessica “Chubbs”, and 17-year-old pregnant Anna “Chickadee”. From family outings to loud and crazy family get-togethers, HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO takes us off the pageant stage and into the unapologetically outrageous family life of the Honey Boo Boo clan.
What a looker!
This Show is a Train Wreck! It is so horrible! But you just can’t stop watching it. If you are feeling sad about your life, watch this show you will be happy! It’s better than any antidepressant drug!
It’s sad that TLC rewards a mother for giving her child what she calls Go-Go Juice – a mixture of Mt Dew and Red Bull. which leaves the kid spinning in circles like a crazy kid.
**Note** Article below Contains Spoilers for the show!
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” premiered to huge ratings on Aug. 8. The show follows the lives of the Thompson family from rural McIntyre, Ga., including TLC’s new runaway star, Alana, aka “Honey Boo Boo.” The network decided to give the unforgettable little girl her own series after videos of her appearances on the cable network’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” went viral earlier this year.
BUT production of the show nearly came to a screeching halt shortly after filming began in March when investigators from Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services made an unannounced visit to the family’s home.
“Honey Boo Boo’s upbringing raised eyebrows with neighbors,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
“The parents feed her energy drinks, cheese puffs for breakfast and brag about how they cook roadkill for meals. She even eats roadkill with flies swarming around her head!”
But the authorities didn’t get involved until a videotape of Honey Boo Boo dancing for dollars on a table in a bar was posted online.
In the scene, which was not filmed by TLC, mom June defended her daughter’s actions by explaining that it was a college bar, not a “sleazy” one.
Investigators found reason to bring the case to court, but June’s court-appointed attorney was able to convince the judge to throw it out, and filming resumed in May.
The first episode of the show – which showcases a whole lot of belly-slapping and gas-passing – drew an impressive 2.2 million viewers, but it also received a considerable amount of criticism.
And that criticism is bound to increase later in the season after Alana’s 17-year-old sister Anna, aka “Chickadee,” gives birth to a baby girl with two right thumbs – and grandma June makes fun of the defect!
I would like to know how much of the Child’s dialog is real and how much is scripted. One Scene she talks about Glitzy the pig and she says: “I hope momma doesn’t eat glitzy she eats everything” that was hilarious! was it scripted?
She talks about the pig being a gay pig and says: he can be gay if he wants
Are they feeding Honey boo boo lines? or is this just popping out of her mouth?
Either way, tune in for some classy entertainment that will improve the quality of your families character!
On a recent episode mama June admits she is afraid of mayonnaise (one of the daughters can’t even say mayonnaise and no one even tried to correct her)
Anyway, I was watching a show on MTV with these 2 chicks, Nikki & Sarah and they were quite funny, well they said of course mama June is afraid of mayonnaise, everyone is afraid of the sight of their own blood. Bahahahahahaha
What pisses me off bout mama June is not the fact that she is grotesquely obese! It’s the fact that the dirty bitch is always sneezing and she doesn’t ever attempt to cover her fucking foul mouth!! That pisses me off beyond belief!!
If your hands are full (aka carrying something big or carrying a bunch of stuff) ok fine turn your head and air for your shoulder or on your arm, but to never try even when your hands are empty that’s just plain foul and uncouth!
Teach your kids the right way! There is a giant difference from being poor and being a low class slob! Soap is cheap and manners are taught and enforced!