Why Is This On My TV: Hoarders
There but for the grace of god. This is the first of many things that comes to my mind each and every time that I turn to cable television's A&E (Arts and Entertainment) network and watch this show.
What show am I talking about you ask?
Well the show is called "Hoarders" and each week on this particular show, there is a family that is in crisis.
To be honest with you this is a show that I do not go out of my way to watch because frankly, I find it a bit disconcerting. Each week this show focuses on two different families in "Any Town, USA" and the fact that someone in the family suffers from a condition that causes them to compulsively collect things and just not get rid of them.
This always gets to a point where the home that the person occupies becomes unlivable and then drastic measures have to be taken. This is where each and every week you see volunteers come to someone's home and hopefully help them get rid of some of the things that are cluttering the home and hopefully with some help get the home organized in the process
I don't know if you've ever caught this show, but watching it can be very depressing to the viewer in my opinion. I mean honestly, when I see some of these people and the way that they live, I find it disgusting...and in the back of my mind I just pray that my own little issues or peculiarities never turn extreme in nature to where I can't get into my apartment or my home because I have things stacked to the rafters.
I guess the other end of the spectrum is that we get information about this condition. What to watch out for, and what it actually looks like to be a hoarder. And you would be surprised the different types of people who are hoarders, people you would never think would suffer with this disease from outward appearances.
And what I think is the most interesting aspect of this program, is the fact that many of these people do not feel as if they have a problem. They fight the process, and when this happens it places undue stress on family and friends who may be there trying to help them with the issue.
And in many cases, these people "have " to get their homes cleaned or there are serious consequences that may occur if a cleanup is not done within a certain time frame. There have been shows, where as your taken on a tour of the hoarder's home, there have been bags stockpiled with human waste, refrigerators with food that should have been disposed of because of their expiration dates, and sometimes the hoarding has been so bad that there have been actual dead animal carcases found in the trash and clutter of some homes.
All I can say is that after a few viewings of this program, if you even had a moment of thinking about collecting anything...you may think twice about doing it.
It's certainly a sobering experience for me.