Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Help for Hoarders on TV

I was impressed by TV programme "The hoarder next door". They are now looking for "hoarders" in the UK who are willing to receive help. Please feel free to contact the programme with the details below. Similarly if you are close to someone who would benefit why not show them the poster below. This would be ideal for my however he has now moved into my home (details in future post) and refused to even watch the programme online.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

At last a sensible programme about hoarders which aims to help them long term. Unfortunatly there have only been a few episodes of The Hoarder Next Door which shows psychotherapist Stellios Kiosses help hoarders overcome their problem in six weeks. The episodes are online for a few days only. Highly recommended to watch.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

I just caught the last 5 minutes of hoarding related programme on E4, Get your house in order.
From what i gathered hoarders homes are cleaned up and given a makeover. Whether the hoarders are given counselling or long term support i do not know. Once again it show audience's interest in hoarders and reality TV.
 Clearly the "big yellow storage company" featured at the the top of the  roll had helped with the programme. Its on every Thursday  at 8pm on Channel 4.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Association of hoarding and childhood adversities

 I had started collecting some webllinkes to share with you last year and they have been sitting in my drafts. The inspirational Oprah has long discussed hoarding, and her websites has an interesting set of useful resources including a Hoarding Severity Scale. Dr David Tolin has provided much of the information. I think there is more than enought information here, just rememember to apply and learn from the resources and not just hoard. I wish i had seen the actual shows on hoarding on Oprah.

There is a study in Baltimore asking is this universal link to alcohol dependency, lack of security through a break in or physical  roughly handled as child to make up for lack of love with parents?
With 2 million hoarders in the US it is no wonder there are clinical studies in the US. I am not aware of any research in the UK or Europe.
Please do look at Oprah website

Friday, 6 January 2012

10 Hoarding signs

If you walked into a hoarders house you'd recognise it straight away:

1. Newspapers-piles of them
2. Leaflets/flyers
3. Books
4. Multiple of the same possessions always at least two TV'S
5.VHS/VCR tapes- some will even have mould on them. Some electronic devices won't even work
6. Pieces of technology nobody wants: type writers, floppy disks
7. Cardboxes -even empty ones because you can never have enough.
8. Receipts- they're everywhere and never disposed of, not in any order, if your lucky in carrier bags.
9. Paper bills in carrier bags
10. Furniture-lots of furniture which does not match in any way. Every surface is covered.  There are many sorts of chairs but these probably have something on them so there is nowhere to sit

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

hoarding:a media fascination?

I came across an excellent article on the BBC news page : The Rise of Hoarding by Sophie Robehmed in response to the channel four programme.It appears with our materialistic society hoarding is to be rising and confirms what i had already concluded is a culmination of genetic and environmental factors. Whether TV programmes about hoarding is a good idea:

"watching compulsive hoarders may make spectators feel fortunate that a parent, a partner or even themselves do not suffer such acute symptoms."
So i guess if i show my dad some of the programmes he'll think "oh im not that bad as he can walk through room as opposed to slide under the door frame (like the chappy on channel four so i don't need to worry." As long as the programme does not depict the hoarder as a circus clown and treats it with the same sensitivity as a disease or symptom that i think it has achieved its goal of informing the public and somewhat reassurace to people who are suffering from it.

The article goes on:

"Clinical psychologist Dr Simon Rego at the Montefiore Medical Center, New York, who specialises in anxiety disorders including hoarding, believes such programmes are both a blessing and a curse. "
The positives are that they shed light on a condition that affects a lot more people than you think, which can lead to an understanding, and eventually, better treatments for the sufferers," he says.
"On the negative side, what we see is certainly some of the most extreme examples with hours of footage edited down to draw the audience in like any other entertainment show. So ultimately, viewers don't get the full picture of what can go on with this condition."

I don't want to copy and paste the whole article which is concisely written but recommend you read it and the comments at the bottom of the page which make an interesting read,if you're anything like you'll be nodding in agreement.

Monday, 2 January 2012

2012 resolution

I can't believe i started this blog just over 2 years ago so i think its time to review and reflect. I will be looking back at last years resolution:
out of it? Know is the time to look back and reflect, take stock, make plans and ACTION!

One major thing happened-i moved out from hoarders home. Secondly could not write on here as i do not have internet connection.Thirdly i got quite ill- don't want to share on here.

 That BBQ DELUX 3 HUGE box sets- got rid of them- well actually we used them for a family BBQ and it now sits in my new garage

1.BE more organised with storing MY belongings- it sets an example-This year i have got better at this.I have my own filing system, organise most of my families letters and even clothing BUT this has lead to me putting things in the wrong place, and when i got ill everything went to pots so 2012 RESOLUTION number1- Encourage sibling independence in their own organisation.

2.REFUSE TO BUY BOOKS-borrow from library! I barely had time to read this year so this is an easy one to stick to but i what will do is review every 3 months what books/leaflets i don't need. I will buy second hand books.

3.continue to persuade to dad to get rid of useless books-who needs a book on idioms from 1956 or "A dummies guide to Windows 95"-nobody wants them! apart from a computer book antique collector? (if one exists)  Getting there- need to think of more tactful ways of helping dad

4.Continue to state how the book collection is causing extra dust mites- This year dad statrted shifting his books to the living room and so this is really impacting on everyone. FIND frightening articles to share with my dad

5.what junk does not belong to mine should not be in my room-however small or large. ACHIEVED!!SO i will change this to if make sure i don't become a hoarder- if i have not used something in the last 12 months get RID of it.

6.sell/donate any of my junk and encourage others ACHIEVED. CONTINUE with this

7.write every month ANY ACTION taken and RESULTS achieved . NOPE i think every 3 months is more reasonable but more regularly on blog

8. ALL goals to be SMART specific,neasurable,....

I can't think of any other hoarding related resolutions. Do you have any specifics