Do You Watch The Show Hoarders?

@irishmist (3820)
United States
March 8, 2010 10:20pm CST
I watch this show when an episode catches my eye, and tonight it did. The show was about a woman who lives with her husband and 4 children, plus all her beloved animals, and she had to choose which ones she wanted to keep. She loved them all, but could not really take care of them. The house was infested with mice, and garbage everywhere. Animal control came and removed 20 cats and some dogs, plus CPS came and took her children. She was crying.. My heart kinda went out to her. I do have to wonder though "why" her husband was so passive about the whole situation. Why did'nt he do something? Who can say why people become Hoarders and why. I feel they can't help what they do or why they do it. I think things build up inside of us and we deal with it in many different ways. By the end of the show the family was back together again, and the kids seemed to be relived, and hoped that the house would stay neat and clean. What do you think? Do you have thoughts on this, or do you know some one like this?
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@theakman (53)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Irish Mist I have briefly stopped at the show 'Hoarders', but only for a short time. The first time I watched some of an episode, it really disturbed me. I could not even imagine living like that or seeing someone else living like that. I am amazed that things could ever get that far without serious intervention from SOMEONE. I am not the neatest person in the world, but I was blown away by the graphic nature of the show. I hope all the endings are happy and work out. If anyone close to me ever got like that I assure you I would intervene. I hope that the show is bringing the issue to light and not profiting from someone else's misfortune. the ak man
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Some of the episodes bring tears to my eyes, because I see how hopeless some of these people feel, and their families don't know what to do to help them. I think this show is a good way to help them. I just hope after all is said and done that they don't lapse back to the way they were before.
• United States
9 Mar 10
Amen to that. I know that some issues people have are harder than others, but from what I have seen this is pretty bad!
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
i have watched the show and am like you, wondering how they can get like that. i mean most people keep things and have too much junk, but this is a little over the top. i will always remember the lady who was on Oprah a few years ago and when they finally collected her stuff, it filled a giant warehouse. then they had a garage sale, boy i would have loved to have gone to that!
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
10 Mar 10
Hello Irish; I do know a couple of people, females that hoard. It is bizarre and hard to understand. I don't try to analyze it though. It's not my problem and I am not qualified to give advice so I don't bother voicing my opinion. I just stand back and avoid the conversation if it comes up. I have watched the show about Hoarding and I was flabbergasted. I could hardly believe my eyes. I have felt for the three that were being profiled in the show the one time I have watched it. It was really neat when they got their places cleaned up and those affected were attending therapy. I am sure that there are so major underlying issues. I have researched the topic of hoarding to contribute to this discussion. The following links maybe of interest to yourself and to your readers: Understanding Hoarding http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com/hoarding.html Hoarding Fact Sheet http://www.beachpsych.com/pages/cc80.html
@trish59 (39)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I saw the same one you are referring to ,Oh my that was terrible. I wonder where aall the family and friends are to let them get that bad, you know something is not right. I will not understand how someone can let them get to that point. Apparently they need some kind of help mentally, the show pretty much covers hat with a therapist there during the whole cleaning process. I do agree with you about things building up and getting completely out of haned. I do feel terrible for the famiky, especially the children. I have seen quite a bit of the show and I am sure there are some major health problems within the family living in feces, and garbage. Tell me you can't smell what is happening in there.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
Hi there,I have watched this show plenty of times. I have a friend who needs to be on the show. She is just nasty and wants to give her kids the world. Nothing at all is wrong with her but this. On the show I find these people are just lazy slobs who like filth. They get use to not cleaning up after themselves and move to a new spot in the house. I saw one show where this woman had brand new clothing not even worn just sitting there. These people should hav elost their kids long time ago.
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@surfette (674)
• United States
9 Mar 10
I have a problem with the name and concept of this show. All of the episodes I've seen do not really display what I consider as hoarding. They are just dirty and filthy and learn to live in that manner. I have a stepson and wife that aren't quite as bad as the people on the show, but they basically never take the time to put anything away or keep their place clean. It has nothing to do with hoarding. They have a bedroom that they have turned into a "laundry basket". They just keep piling up dirty clothes on the floor of this bedroom until they run out of clothes and decide to do some wash. In the meantime, they have three cats that roam through those piles of clothes and have accidents on them. That's just lazy and bad housekeeping. Now, I know that there are people that hoard things. When my mom was growing up, it was the Depression. So now, she has packages and packages of toilet paper, underwear, pajamas, bed sheets and bath towels that have not been opened, but are there as "backup". Those were the items that were so hard to get during the 30's. Even though she hoards these items, they are neatly stored in drawers, closets and cupboards. Her home is as neat as can be, always dusted and vacuumed and she is almost 80 years old. One episode that I watched was about a woman whose refrigerator and cupboards and whole kitchen was so filthy, that it should have been condemned. They called her a food hoarder. When there are maggots all over, that's not hoarding. That's just filth. To raise children in this environment is a crime and a health hazard. I just don't care to watch this program because it is trying to call laziness a disease and frankly, I don't buy it.
@hvedra (1623)
9 Mar 10
I can be a bit of a pack rat myself. A lot of it stems from various mental health issues including OCD. I'm nowhere near as bad as some of the folks you see on those shows, I'd like to add, just that I recognise those traits in myself if I'm not disciplined. It is particularly hard on children who have hoarding parents. At some point they start to realise that the hoarding is THE thing that their parents are focussed on and that it is more important than looking after the kids. That really sucks.
@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
9 Mar 10
My step mother is a hoarder yet nothing in comparison to the people on the show. My mother in law has also had problems in the past with animal hording. She just can't say no to a cat that needs a home. My husband said growing up they had over 20 cats and they where told by animal control that they could not keep them all. The got a kennel license and where able to keep several but many had to go and it was hard. My husband was very thankful however because he felt like the animals came before him back then. She still has to many I think 4 dogs and 6 cats. I am surprised a house would still have mice with all those cats. I know my mother in law was trying to get us to get a cat when we had an issue with mice but after my husbands abundance of animals growing up he wants nothing to do with cats. He loves our dog but didn't even want him at first. He said everything he owned growing up smelled like cat pee. So he even smelled like cat pee. It is really horrible for the children growing up in it. My home growing up however was like a musame. Nothing even looked touched. I still think this is not a great way to grow up either. I am happy to live in a home that is clean but lived in.