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    Is it just me or are so many of these hoarders just horrible people? While some of them seem appreciative and want the help, the majority of them are just nasty and mean. I don't mean the emotional breakdowns and crying, I mean the yelling and swearing and nastiness. I know they're mentally ill, but I can't imagine being one of these clean-up specialists or psychologists who have to deal with that treatment on a regular basis.

    I'm watching an episode right now where this woman is going to lose custody of her son (via CPS) and her husband is going to leave her, but she's upset because someone threw out an old cardboard box without asking her. I want to reach through the TV and throttle her!
    I agree that a lot of the hoarders seem mean and unappreciative.

    And, I've lost my patience in watching some of these situations. Recently I watched a couple of different episodes of Hoarding: Buried Alive where the mom was the hoarder and the husband and kids had to suffer through it. In one episode, the woman never even acknowledged that she had a problem. The houses were packed; the kids couldn't have friends over... I know the hoarders are mentally ill. If hoarders are living alone, fine. But these hoarders are creating mental illness in the other family members. That doesn't seem right when kids are involved. I know the experts say hoarders will get worse if other people get rid of their stuff -- but, seriously, how much worse could these people get? Their houses are already packed from floor to ceiling. I say, give the hoarder one room (or the garage) to stuff as full as they want. Clear out everything else and let the rest of the family live a normal life.
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    I, also, am very aware of the Hoarders that are so mean and vile...particularly to their children. I have just assumed that they are so depressed, unable to cope and use the anger to cover up all they're hiding about how desperately unhappy they are. But when they're cruel to others, especially to their children....it's so difficult to watch. Altho adults now, the kids are still so hurt by the words.
    I'm still not sure why I watch these shows. I find them revolting and it's often very difficult to watch....and yet, I do. Still working on that......
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    I don't know which Hoarders show I was watching, but it was the one where the adult son had moved back in with his infirm 90+ year old mother. The house was extremely hazardous with all of his stuff everywhere. The mother was having difficulty moving around the house. Other siblings and family members arrived and tried to get him to get rid of stuff but this guy was one of the meanest, nastiest ones I've seen yet. One brother had to leave before it came to blows. I kept wondering why Adult Protective hadn't been called in. The mother (who owned the house) had no insurance due to the deteriorating condition of the house. The hoarding son was VERY abusive and controlling with her. Just a miserable situation. They finally got it cleared out somewhat, but I just got the feeling it wouldn't last.
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    That sounds like a recent episode of HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE.

    I believe it was called "Holding Mom Hostage".

    I often wonder just how long it does last . . . . both version of these shows have done very little in the way of reunion episodes.
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    That sounds like a recent episode of HOARDING: BURIED ALIVE.

    I believe it was called "Holding Mom Hostage".

    I often wonder just how long it does last . . . . both version of these shows have done very little in the way of reunion episodes.
    I have a feeling it won't last long.
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    Same here. Most of these people seem so fully set in their (nasty) ways, I don't see how a smiling group of cleaners/therapists and a fresh coat of paint on the walls will knock them back into reality. Maybe a very small percentage of them stick with it because they really do want to change, but the others? Nah. Back to the pigsty in no time.
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    Literally right after I posted upthread about how nasty and mean all of the hoarders are, I watched an episode where both people were actually pretty nice. One didn't believe she was a hoarder, in spite of the fact that you couldn't even open her front door all the way or get up the stairs because of all the crap she owned, but they were both nice and seemed appreciative of the help. I haven't watched a TON of episodes, but they definitely seemed like an exception.

    It seems like Buried Alive has more animal hoarders and situations with no plumbing. As soon as they find a dead pet in the house, I'm done. Can't watch.

    I can't imagine dealing with hoarders on a daily basis. I just wouldn't be able to keep myself from just telling them to throw all that crap out and get over it! I just don't understand the panic attacks over throwing out old plastic bags or other worthless junk.
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    I can't understand wanting to keep garbage (empty pizza boxes, microwave meal containers, etc) or things that could be recycled (soda cans/bottles, newspapers).

    I can almost/sorta/maybe understand not wanting your neighbors to know that your water has been shut off because you didn't pay your bills, but NOT when the alternative is to $hit in a bag and leave it inside the house or to stack up so many adult diapers that the acid in the urine eats thru the floor.
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    My thoughts are that's where mental illness comes to play. Yes, there are hoarders and collectors, etc, but to have GARBAGE and HUMAN WASTE and DEAD PETS littering your home, something is seriously wrong.

    My mom used to watch both Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive, but no longer can do so, because it makes her sick looking at all the bugs, etc. Me too, yet I still watch! Crazy! If a single fruit fly in the summer is in my home, I'll chase it for an hour to kill it, never mind a rodent or roach. EWWW!

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    I can't understand wanting to keep garbage (empty pizza boxes, microwave meal containers, etc) or things that could be recycled (soda cans/bottles, newspapers).

    I can almost/sorta/maybe understand not wanting your neighbors to know that your water has been shut off because you didn't pay your bills, but NOT when the alternative is to $hit in a bag and leave it inside the house or to stack up so many adult diapers that the acid in the urine eats thru the floor.

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    ITA with all here - hoarding stuff is one thing and certainly is a problem. But these people with dead animals, fly strips that are covered, a frig full of rotting food, broken toilets/bags of feces, etc, etc? THAT's mental illness pure and simple and should be treated as such. These people are not going to benefit from a one-time clean out and a camera-ready "therapist" spouting some pop psychology.

    My main beef with both shows is that they put this artificial time constraint on the process - two days to clean out. Why? So that they can get lots of DRAMA, of course. It puts everyone under enormous pressure and pretty much guarantees there will be melt-downs. A week would be a better time frame, but that's not going to happen.

    I still watch the shows occasionally, but I also turn it off when dead pets surface or the person is just too nasty.
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