Hoarding

Sometimes I’m drawn to strange headlines and one about hoarding just caught my attention.
It was about a woman who recently died and mummified remains were found in her extremely cluttered house. Her mother had moved in with her in 1993 and then disappeared and the remains are believed to be hers.
There’s an estimated 2 million hoarders in the U.S. It’s a subject that interests me. The hoarders that I’ve known–and this may be a coincidence–have been depressed and most of the deceased ones died of cancer.
The hoarding isn’t just objects, but also newspapers, boxes and things that are really trash. It just seems like an anxiety ridden way to live.
There are a lot of people who would never consider mental health counseling or be able to afford it and I suppose they go through life doing the best they can with what makes sense for them.

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1 Comment

  1. March 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Unfortunately it is usually those most in need of mental health care that refuse to acknowledge that they have a problem.


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