1. Welcome to the new Styleforum!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to hang out in the new place. There are more new features that we’ll announce in the near future, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy the new site.

    We are currently fine-tuning the forum for your browsing pleasure, so bear with any lingering dust as we work to make Styleforum even more awesome than it was.

    Oh, and don’t forget to head over to the Styleforum Journal, because we’re giving away two pairs of Carmina shoes to celebrate our move!

    Please address any questions about using the new forum to support@styleforum.net

    Cheers,

    The Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice

Hoarders

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    14,501
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2005
    Location:
    A bit better than yesterday, all day vomiting for
    Reminds me of the first time I ever heard of this phenomenon, on Loveline radio show more than 10 years ago. Dr. Drew described a case where a woman would take #2 dumps in her bathtub and was afraid to get rid of it, she was hoarding it.

    Many little kids in the midst of toilet training are pretty freaked out when their bowel movements are flushed down the drain.
     
  2. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,328
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Location:
    Canada
    I saw it, was eye-opening the first time, but the fascination wears off quickly. It's from the same guys who made intervention which is more gripping, but even know I just watch the first 20 minutes about how they became addicts and how bad they are now. After that I just tune out.
     
  3. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    27,420
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    Vacuum packed liquid cats. Dear heavenly baby Jesus what the fucking fuck? What the fuck?
     
  4. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    27,420
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    Double you tee eff?

    WHAT THE FUCK?
     
  5. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    27,420
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    Liquid cat juice.

    Let me repeat that.

    Liquid cat juice.
     
  6. Reggs

    Reggs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,528
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The Internet
    That was hard to watch. Even the psych jumped back and lost her composure when she opened the fridge, and seeing these kind of people is her day job.

    Why remove everything from the fridge? Just throw the whole thing away.

    I think the people who feel shame are the most likely to recover. Shame keeps people in line.
     
  7. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    29,119
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    

    wait, what? I can't put my mind around this.
     
  8. Reggs

    Reggs Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,528
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2006
    Location:
    The Internet
    A cat hoarder would put her dead cats in the fridge and freezer. Some of them were in ziplock bags, but a few were just out in the open. They would decompose and the bottom of the fridge had a black slush of decomposed, liquified cats. It was easily the most shocking thing I've seen in the entire series.
     
  9. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    29,119
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    oh, shit. I don't know how I'd handle seeing that.
     
  10. hoozah

    hoozah Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,936
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    
    I don't know if it was the same episode but I saw an animal hoarder episode once where a woman's home was covered in cats and she was missing a couple. Eventually they found them flattened underneath the couch in a decomposed state. She smelled so bad her husband had to live in a separate house.
     
  11. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    27,420
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    

    It was putrid. Completely disgusting.
     
  12. erictheobscure

    erictheobscure Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,291
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    I can't watch this show. Not necessarily because of the gross-out factor, although the cat in the fridge thing sounds absolutely crazy, but because the therapists are so patient and kind with the hoarders. I know this is the only viable approach in helping them, but it's maddening. Everything in me wants to reach out to the hoarder and yell, "If you don't throw this shit away, I'm going to burn your filthy house down!" So basically, watching the show would only lead me to confront my intrinsically petulant, assholish nature.
     
  13. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    27,420
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    

    Lol, that's exactly what I do when I watch it. I scream at the television that they need to beat these people with hammers and raze the home.
     
  14. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,613
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Location:
    San Francisco
    I just don't understand how one's spouse or family can let it reach ot that point without ever trying to get help for them. The people I feel sorry for is the cleaning crew who must be freaked out by seeing all these crazy things. My solution is to set he house on fire and start over.
     
  15. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    29,119
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    

    Easy answer here: Rational, sane, well-adjusted people are always at a disadvantage in these situations. ALWAYS.
     
  16. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,613
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Location:
    San Francisco
    

    your right. Family on the show pleads with them for years and nothing happens
     
  17. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,189
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2003
    I've never watched the show. It would cut too close to home.

    My mom is a hoarder.

    Less bad now, but growing up, she found it nearly impossible to throw away anything. She had completely irrational ideas that pretty much everything had a potential use. If we were living in a post-apocalyptic society, it might have made sense, but in the context of normal life, it's nuts. We kept everything: food jars, newspapers, everything.

    Not content with our own stuff, she also constantly had us scrounging through trash to find "useful" stuff. Our home was filled to the ceiling with boxes of stuff.

    We were poor for a long time, but when we finally had some money, it got worse. We were able to buy a house, and my mom was able to buy stuff to fill it with. She was too frugal to buy clothing, so she bought cloth and sheets. (The idea being that she would sew it into clothing.) We had thousands (not an exaggeration) of sheets and bolts of cloth. She went nuts at stores like Tuesday Morning, and we had 30+ sets of dishes. When I left home at 18, my mom had 2 houses, both filled with stuff.

    It's a strange malady, and I assume that a lot of is due to living poor for so long (we were pretty impoverished for a long time, including a period of homelessness,) coupled with some sort of clinical psychosis.

    I tried to help her on numerous occasions, but she wigged out if I threw anything away.

    It's better now, because she's too old to really do too much hoarding. She's also a bit more open to help. I've got all of her stuff moved into several big trailers. It makes her happy to know she's got it, and it cleared out her home so she has room to live.
     
  18. dragon8

    dragon8 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,613
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Location:
    San Francisco
    

    Sorry to hear and glad things are working out.
     
  19. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    27,420
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2009
    Location:
    NE PA
    Sorry to hear Kai.

    Yesterday's show featured crushed, dried-out cat carcasses. It was hideous.
     
  20. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    29,119
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2006
    Location:
    Texas
    

    Holy cow, Kai. Glad things are a bit better.


    oy jeeez.

    ...

    My dad's uncle isn't a hoarder but he's got a couple of storage containers full of hardware. I mean, nuts and bolts and screws and nails and scrap metal and so on. And damn if we can ever find what we need in there in less than an hour. Would take me less time to walk to the hardware store.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by