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    Re: Hoarders (A&E)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gala62 View Post
    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 have a feeling that no matter what time frame you gave a hoarder, they would be working right up to the wire, regardless. Two days is probably cost effective for the production company and also enough time to give them a good push in the right direction. I think that a short deadline like that also helps them to buckle down and work. In some cases - like the ones where CPS is involved - the time frame is often 2 or 3 days to get the house cleaned up before a case worker comes back (true also for the health dept. on some episodes).
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    Those are good points Critical. Especially about CPS. And of course hoarders must be masters at all types of procrastination!
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    Re: Hoarders (A&E)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gala62 View Post
    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.

    Agree, I don't think a professional organizer is going to help them much.
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    Re: Hoarders (A&E)

    In case you hadn't heard:

    The show is back .... sort of.

    They've changed the name by adding "Family Secrets" to the title and the will be going "live" for parts of the show.

    New season (an abbreviated one as I understand it) starts on May 28th at 9PM on Lifetime.

    Hoarders: Family Secrets - Episodes, Videos, & Schedule - myLifetime.com
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    Loved the new guy, Dr. Toln. Finally, we have someone who doesn't congratulate a hoarder for throwing out a dirty diaper...these hoarders are mentally ill. So sad most didn't get help until much later in life. So sad, so very sad.
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    It was fascinating to see the regulars come back. They've all aged and gained a little weight, which makes me like them more. I get the sense they're being coached more by producers than in the original show, however. That's a shame because the show's strength -- besides all the poop -- was that it was more like a documentary than a reality show.
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    I liked seeing them again, too. I watched bits of the new shows recently - the woman who was feeding the horde of mice living in her house? Ugh. Come on, now. They're not pets.
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