Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Hoarding in the media

Hoarding is slowly gaining recognition as a serious Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
In the winter of 2008 I tried explaining to a relative or like most people see it as joke. Lo and behold there was a programme on bbc radio 1- it spoke to a hoarder who admitted the problem and the underlying roots. That news clip also brought to attention the first UK conference on hoarding.

I came across this link is about a sticom in America about a hoarding family -damn they stole my idea :( but would love to see it here in the UK:

Here, reality programmes galore there is one about hoarding but not the main channels. Its called Gutted and appears on the Home channel. All of the hoarders belongings are put in a removal and the contestant has to win them back. If they can't all the objects are auctioned off and the money or theirs to keep or if they really love their crap sorry possesions they can have them back. You know what i would do. I take it the contestants have to choose participate in the first place. I do wonder if the contestants get any conselling or cognitive therapy to analyse why they hoard their particular obsession from books to memorobilia.... otherwise what stops them from going back to old habits?


  1. Hm, interesting show that I hadn't heard of. I would assume they provide some kind of counseling or therapy because it is practically impossible to correct such a large problem so quickly. I agree that just because it's not there NOW doesn't mean it won't come back.

  2. The Gutted show is shown on the home channel here in the UK.
    About the sitcom- couldn't find much info on the web.