This entry is about A&E reality TV show "Hoarders".
Psychological issues and diseases have been avoided and ignored for decades in all over the world. For some unspeakable reasons, these problems tend to be looked at as "dark", "ashamed" by the patients and their families. People simply don't want to talk about it. However, it's also the ugly truth that there are people, more than we know of, suffering from them daily. Some of them are as deadly as cancers and heart failures.
Compulsive hoarding, like OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), is one of the anxiety diseases. More than 3 million of Americans suffer from it. Unlike OCD, hoarders normally don't realize it's a problem. They just think they can't part with the stuff as they are valuable and sentimental to them.
One of the signs of becoming a compulsive hoarder is chronicle disorganization. I don't know about you but I think I do from time to time: one piece of paper fell on the floor, and I was busy on something else so I was thinking: I am busy right now; I will get to it later. And when that "later” never comes, things will get out of hand. The more things are accumulated, the less we feel motivated to organize them.
Depression tends to lead to hoarding habit as well. When people suffer from an emotional or physical loss, such as family member, fire, flood, things become more important and valuable and they feel the anxious need of replacing them. Some turn to eating; others turn to acquiring and posession of stuff.
Over the weekend, I was watching A&E "Hoarders" on Netflix. (Full content here: http://www.aetv.com/hoarders/ ) This reality TV show follows more than one hundred of compulsive hoarders to their houses and discover how they get this far. Some of them are quite disturbing to look at: buried alive, living in a dumpster of trash. The problem becomes deadly when the hoarding habit is threatening the life of their own and their families. The show is not always pleasant to watch but quite educational and eye opening. I would like to recommend it to those who are like me, hoarding clothes, shoes, and cosmetics. Hobbies can be very dangerous. :)