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Jun 16, 2022

In this episode, a look at some of the words that get confused with hoarding. 

I mentioned that there are U.S.and UK television programs about hoarding. Also, there are multiple Youtube channels where a young person buys a the contents or acquires a hoarders property to find hidden treasures and money. 
There is also a sub-genre of professional housekeepers being paid to clean the home.
I can't forget that there is or was a person attached to their possessions. 
Sure, if the person is deceased and the property has to be cleared for the next occupant, fair game.
But if it is a living person they need treatment and support. It won't work otherwise. 
But as long as it is a money making freak show, I don't see that aspect of the cleaning happening in the broadcast and cable programs.  
Long before the house is touched, you have to reach the actual person with a team approach to treatment. That is hard. It might not even happen because some folks are in too deep. 
Not saying you need their approval to continue living in un-sanitary conditions. That is a public health situation and action has to happen.

But treatment isn't about just siting in a therapist's office. Sometimes you have to be in the room with 10 cans of baked beans from 1994. And helping that person let go one can at a time.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

The Lifetime cable movie mention is Dirty Little Secret with Melisa Joan Hart.

MHealth Intelligence article about Cerebral and a link to the WSJ article 
Seth J. Gillhan PhD has a list of 5 Proven Techniques to Deal with Panic Attack. The list is on Psychology Today. 

The International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation has a page asking the lyrical question, "Do I Have a Hording Disorder?"
Also on the IOCDF site is a Clutter Rating Scale

And the Mayo Clinic has a couple of pages on their take on Hoarding Disorder.


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