A&E’s Hoarders Visits a Home in Lisbon, Maine This Weekend. Watch the Trailer Here
I've run into hoarding on a fairly small scale with a couple of people but nothing compared to what they show on A&E's "Hoarders." It's interesting that a lot of people, who researchers defined as a mental disorder, don't think that they even have a problem.
What causes people to hold on to meaningless items for eternity? According to a 2012 article in Time:
"New research suggests that hoarders have unique patterns of brain activity when faced with making decisions about their possessions, compared with healthy people. And despite the fact that hoarding has traditionally been seen as a symptom or subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), brain activity in those who cannot de-clutter is also distinct from that of people with typical OCD, the study shows."
As you'll see in the trailer for this weekend's episode, the woman in Lisbon is not only an extreme hoarder but there are health risks in her home such as black mold and feces. Laziness or lack of motivation teamed up with hoarding has, according to a family a member, ruined the family home. According to the Press Herald, Service Master in Auburn agreed to the long and difficult task of getting rid of the extreme filth and clutter within the home. It was such an extreme job that workers were given special training prior to the project. There were also a reported seven plus dumpsters used to finish the job.
The episode airs Sunday night on A&E.