This is just a snapshot of some of the pictures at plonkmedia.info/crazymum/ ! There are a lot more disturbing ones on that site! I was just blown away by these pictures! What the %$#^? How can someone live like that??!!
Turns out, this is a form of psychological disorder called Compulsive Hoarding and could be related to Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Here is an ABC Health News Segment on compulsive hoarding. I am pretty sure all of us have a little bit of hoarding behavior, but fortunately in my case, I also can’t stand clutter. So every once in a few years (usually when we moved apartments), I would look around the house and make huge piles for Goodwill. Now that we are in a house and don’t move anymore, maybe I should make it an annual habit to clear out the unused stuff!
So, anyway, how do you differentiate normal "collector" behavior from "compulsive hoarding"? According to this paper by Karron Maidment RN, M.A., Program Coordinator/Behavior Therapist at the UCLA OCD Intensive Treatment Program, compulsive hoarding is characterized by
Based on a couple of earlier shows on Oprah, here is a list of Tips to Overcome Compulsive Hoarding. I have copied the main points here, but please look through the linked article for more details.
If you or your close ones are suffering from compulsive hoarding, it may severely compromise your ability to stay on track financially (among other things). Here are a few resources to start with, to determine if seeking professional treatment may be necessary.
Wow! That's a lot of stuff! I still haven't gotten over those pictures!!!