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I have watched many a "Hoarders" episode and the ongoing theme is that it's never the hoarder's responsibility; rather it was someone else who "caused" them to hoard, whether it be a husband having an affair and drinking, a child dying, or some other nonsense. Wouldn't getting a divorce or at least moving out be a better alternative to hoarding? Or see a counselor. Hoarding is dangerous to everyone, yet the hoarding "specialists" seem to cater to the hoarders rather than hold them responsible. If the professionals continue to allow the hoarders to blame someone else for their hoarding, then how will they ever stop? Only when one admits to one's self that one's behavior is one's OWN responsibility, will they not relapse. And it seems that 9 out of 10 never change. I believe it's because the "specialists" coddle them. I don't see these people as anything but lazy. I shouldn't say that. Some of these people need to be in an institution where people can take care of them because they obviously cannot care for themselves. Is it coincidence that in most of these cases the hoarders are obese? That probably doesn't encourage them to clean. Instead of ASKING the hoarder about every little thing as to whether they want it discarded, it seems to me that the easiest and most efficient thing to do is just like ripping a bandaid off of someone's arm-do it quickly, yet it seems to take FOREVER for these people to decide. Isn't that what the "specialists" are there for? And OF COURSE they "accept" the help. All they want is someone ELSE to clean up their house. Then they start all over again. I have seen that happen many times. The very worst part is that the "therapists" and/or the hoarders ALWAYS find an excuse for their behavior. Let me say this; MILLIONS of people have had traumas in their lives, whether it be a divorce, loss of a family member, etc. There would be MILLIONS of hoarders if it were someone else's fault, but it's not. It's is the sole responsibility of the hoarder and until the hoarder is made to understand that, nothing will change. I have never in all of the episodes seen the success rate of these cleanups, percentage-wise. I do know that whenever they show some follow-ups, very few have changed at all and most reverted back, so why bother? What I really don't understand is why family lets it get so far gone before help is requested, unless of course that hoarders will not allow them into their house, in which case that raises a big red flag. What really burns me is an episode such as in season 6 with Manuel. His son and daughter-in-law have four kids and no pot to pee in, so to speak, so they leave their kids every day with the grandfather who's house is a complete hoarding mess. The parents first claim that they had no idea about the mess but then child services comes to THEIR house and it's almost as bad as the grandfather's, so the children are taken from them and all they do is yell at the grandfather and blame HIM for their kids being taken away. The kicker was that Dr. Zasio did NOT confront them with the reality that it was THEIR house as well for their kids being taken away. I had to laugh at the son yelling at the kids grandfather even as he's saying "those kids are my life"! Really? Several if not all of those kids were school age so what is the mother's excuse for not keeping that house at least livable? Once again-sheer laziness. But I'm sure Dr. Zasio will find SOME excuse for them but I wish she would confront the son that it is just as much HIS fault that the kids were taken.
Just this past weekend 3/20/21 I visited my friends’s childhood home where her and her family are literally living in a hoarded house! I got to see what a hoarded house looks like face to face. I asked her if her mom is a hoarder and she said no. I’m like seriously are y’all joking? Her mom is a shopaholic but what’s the point of buying stuff when you don’t even wear them? Anyway this is truly a mental illness, because what we think, we become!