Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome

What's really scary isn't that I have several of these sympoms. What's really scary is the sentence that says, "The condition worsens with age."

Lansing State Journal: Amassing a mess too ugly to live in: "Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome
• What is it: The disorder, which is classified under obsessive-compulsive disorder, has three key components: overacquisition of things; disorganization; failure to discard items that appear to have little value.

• Characteristics: Sufferers often feel a hyper-responsibility to care for items. For example, a person may collect recyclables, fearing no one else will see them to their proper place. The condition worsens with age.

• Hallmark symptom: Stuff takes over places designed for other purposes. For example, items may be stacked on a stove so the stove can no longer be used, or stacked on a bed so the bed can no longer be used or even stacked in a shower.

• Treatment: Compulsive hoarding tends to be more resistant to treatment than other forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. That is because all three components - overacquisition, disorganization and failure to discard - need to be treated.

Source: Hoarding expert Irene Tobis, a Chicago psychologist"

8 comments:

Jim Winter said...

Treatment: Call Niecey Nash, the Clean House Diva.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

They talk about this like it's something bad.

Bill said...

My feelings exactly, Cap'n.

Juri said...

Yeah, who needs a stove anyway? That's why they make microwave things.

Lonnie Cruse said...

Does allowing the family guinna pig to live in the shower count as hording? Penny always seemed to like it in there.

Andy J said...

When I showed up to start doing an inventory of the stuff I would be selling for a friend who passed away, they told me I should have come a year earlier before they threw a lot of stuff out and "cleaned up." I really wish I had come earlier because I could hardly believe what the place looked like after their "cleaning." There were videotapes in the tubs in three bathrooms and the floor of the guy's bedroom was strewn with videotapes that he had been walking on for some time. We found $1800 (yes, that's eighteen hundred big ones) worth of dog clothing that had never been used. When I asked why I hadn't seen a dog, they told me that the dog, a dachshund (low road clearance to start) had died from overfeeding! The guy evidently died himself of a heart attack brought on by taking diet pills. After four years of playing with his stuff I dread the thought of going back again because there are probably still about 15,000 to 20,000 tapes left and I have no idea what to do with them. The guy taped every show on every network every day of the week, running from machine to machine in some sort of crazed video marathon. He even passed on going to his sister's wedding when he couldn't find anybody to tape that days shows for him. The end result of this is that I know that there's still hope for me and I'm constantly working on keeping myself in check. Somewhat.

Bill said...

OK, I feel better now. I'm not that bad. Yet.

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