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Step Inside the Real World of Compulsive Hoarders: Scientific American

Step Inside the Real World of Compulsive Hoarders: Scientific American | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Recent research has changed the way clinicians treat hoarding as well as refuted popular assumptions about people with excessive clutter
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Brain Scans of Hoarders Reveal Why They Never De-Clutter | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Brain Scans of Hoarders Reveal Why They Never De-Clutter | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Jill, a 60-year-old woman in Milwaukee, has overcome extreme poverty. So, now that she has enough money to put food in the fridge, she fills it. ...
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‘Nice child’ can’t rescue hoarder dad

‘Nice child’ can’t rescue hoarder dad | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Most of us were shocked this month when a Wayland senior citizen died in a fire at his home with no running water and virtually no way out.

 

Most of us were shocked two years ago when a Bellingham couple and their dog were found dead in their home after emergency responders used a hydraulic wedge to pry open the door blocked by books, boxes and bins stacked to the ceiling.

Barbara Allen is saddened but hardly shocked by such stories.

 

It’s likely only a matter of time before her father is one of those headlines.

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In hoarding, the junk is just a symptom

In hoarding, the junk is just a symptom | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Samuels established that hoarding occurs in approximately 5 percent of the population — a far larger number than was previously suspected — and linked compulsive hoarding in some patients to chromosome 14.


As important as Samuels' research is, he's not content to sit in an academic tower. He's working with psychologist Gregory Chasson to develop a treatment for hoarding that is effective and affordable.

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My Mother-In-Law is Still Sitting Between Us...: My First Trip inside the House

My Mother-In-Law is Still Sitting Between Us...: My First Trip inside the House | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

It didn't smell. I mean it was musty, but not overpowering. No terrible food or human odors smacked me in the face.

 

I wanted to start my post that way, but it's more important to state that the fact G let me into his parents' home was amazing. He had always said, "Never. Absolutely not." So I am honored that he trusted me enough to let me in. Afterwards he shared with me that he was not embarrassed or ashamed like he thought he would be. He had separated himself from the condition of the house. Very proud of him, I was. Still waiting for his anger to come.

 

It was difficult to open the door. There was a little pocket of room in all the stuff by the front door where we're beginning to think Mrs. M spent a lot of her time near the end. She could no longer crawl through the trails to her study where the TV was.

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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: This Time It's Personal

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: This Time It's Personal | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

See, sometimes if WE don't learn to say no, the body says it for us, by getting sick. Or we swallow our feelings with alcohol, drugs, food, sex, shopping...

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The hoarding scale

The hoarding scale | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
A common question I’m asked when people find out that I’m an organizer (after they ask, “Oh, so you work...
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My Mother In Law is Still Sitting Between Us...: Merry Hoarding Holidays! (Lengthy and worth it)

My Mother In Law is Still Sitting Between Us...: Merry Hoarding Holidays! (Lengthy and worth it) | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

So my parents came to our home this year for Xmas. They seem to come every other year. My mother is my HP [hoarding parent] and my father is the poor soul that has to put up with her crap.

 

My brother and I actually penned a letter to our father a couple of months ago about our concerns regarding HP. I shared that letter and his response with all of you. [On the COH board.] Both through subsequent emails and on the phone, my father assured me that she was "getting better" and that he was hopeful that they would be able to get the house cleaned by Spring, etc.

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Guy's comment, January 9, 2012 7:26 AM
Its like a sketch from a comedy film, but the reality is that it isn't funny. I feel for the poor father and the daughter.
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Tetanus Burger: Saab Off

Tetanus Burger: Saab Off | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Goodness, is it that time already? Our Rusty Jones is so eager, so righteously aggressive in his fight to say Goodbye! to rusty cars that this time he was even here a day early. This black Saab was slated to get picked up by the junk guys on Wednesday; however when I called today to try to get an idea as to what time they might be around tomorrow, I was told, Oh hey, actually the guy's free this afternoon. Would that be okay?

 

Would it? Like they even have to ask. Silly junk guys.

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An Unwanted Inheritance

An Unwanted Inheritance | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Greg Martin wasn’t sure what to expect when his mother died last May, forcing him to return to his childhood home for the first time in nearly 18 years. The house, located on a pleasant block in San Diego, had always been cluttered, but now it was virtually uninhabitable.

 

“There were piles as tall as me, six feet or so,” Greg said. “Where there used to be floor, there were trails—a foot and a half high, so you’d be walking on stuff.”

 

Greg was forced to navigate through piles of magazines, papers, and books, plastic bags filled with thrift-store purchases, expired medicine bottles and literally tons of clothes. The only “living space” was a small pocket by the front door, where his mother, a colorful and fiercely independent woman, had collapsed shortly before her death at the age of 83. Greg, who has taken a leave of absence from his job, expected that cleaning out the house would take six months. It’s now been eight—and counting.

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