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I Love Someone With Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 66 People

    My Hoarding story

    I cannot remember when my mother first started hoarding.  I have been told that she has not always been like this, but to be honest my memories of home now are so crowded with those based around it, that i cannot remember a time before this.  I first really remember...
    littlest littlest 18-21 1 Response Aug 23, 2010

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    A Work In Progress (would love some advise)

    I am the youngest of 3 children I am 15. This is the first time I have posted something like this, so here goes. All my life I have grown up in an old home. In my family my father is the main hoarder. I was only recently made aware of what this life eating monster that is my...
    suffocatedathome suffocatedathome 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 10, 2010

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    Spouses/romantic Partners

    Looking for spouses/romantic partners to do this study on relationships. To complete a study for relatives of those with OCD go to: http://psychology.case.edu/research/fear_lab/participate.html
    amyp100 amyp100 31-35, F Oct 30, 2012

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    OMG I Had No Idea!!

    I googled "compulsive hoarding disorder" after seeing this group on EP and it seemed like a million things clicked at once. My dear friend and neighbor has piles and piles and piles of random, useless junk in his house. Some of the piles in his house are my height or...
    justAmemory2u justAmemory2u 18-21, F Sep 17, 2009

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    Too Many Hoarders In My Family

    I have just recently had my eyes opened. I knew my mother liked to hold on to things, but over the last several years this has begun to take on a new life. My mother was raised during the depression and I know that this has had an effect on they way she likes to hang on...
    valkrie5 valkrie5 61-65, M 4 Responses Jan 10, 2010

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    How To Approach It

     Wow!  What a loaded title.  That is appropriate on so many levels for the task at hand.  See, the thing is this.  My mom is a hoarder.  While some people watch the A&E show 'Hoarders' in awe, wonder and disgust, I don't wonder at how it happens...
    nrrvous nrrvous 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 5, 2010

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    My Mother

    Hello. Yes, my mother is a compulsive hoarder. It was only in recent years that my brother and I learned that this is an actual psychiatric condition. This evening, it was gone 9.00pm and I was unwinding in the "tv room" of the family house after having pulled an 8...
    AndrewPenney AndrewPenney 41-45 25 Responses Jan 31, 2010

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    Hoarding To Get Over Someone's Death

    Someone very close to my boyfriend passed away about a year ago. It was unexpected, and he was not prepared to deal with the consequences of organizing the personal belongings, papers, and property that were left behind. Instead of keeping the items that were of most importance...
    flipgirl6886 flipgirl6886 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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    Feeling Helpless

    Hi, my name is john. My wife and I have been married for 20 years. When we first got married she was living at home and had accumulated a good amount of clothes which she was able to give to charity with the plan in mind that she didn't want the stuff moving out. It was alot in...
    tjohn093 tjohn093 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 12, 2010

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    Tlc's Hoarding: Buried Alive Looking For New Partipants

    Discovery Studios is currently looking for participants for TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, an hour-long documentary series on compulsive hoarding. We’re seeking people who are willing to open up their lives and homes to share their stories. If you struggle with hoarding and...
    tlchoarding tlchoarding 26-30, F May 31, 2011

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    Hoarding Help

    I am a producer for NBC and we are currently working on a show about hoarding. I you or anybody you know would be interested in getting help for this problem, please ontact me at 203.564.8464. Thanks Alyson
    TVALY TVALY 31-35 3 Responses Sep 21, 2010

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    Your Clutter Stresses Me Out!

      My mom is a compulsive hoarder. She has become a woman that I know; the woman that took over my mom’s body. It is really sad how my mom lives. I cannot help her. I have tried. I cannot get help for her because I do not have POA and she won’t consent to getting...
    smartchick1 smartchick1 41-45 5 Responses Jun 12, 2009

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    What Is Compulsive Hoarding?

    "But I might need that one day..."     What is compulsive hoarding? Compulsive hoarding is the accumulation of and inability to discard items that (to others) appear to have no value, such as plastic water bottles, slips of paper, unread mail, and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Jun 11, 2009

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    Feeling Helpless

    Hi, my name is john. My wife and I have been married for 20 years. When we first got married she was living at home and had accumulated a good amount of clothes which she was able to give to charity with the plan in mind that she didn't want the stuff moving out. It was alot in...
    tjohn093 tjohn093 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 12, 2010

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    My Mom

    My mom used to hoard animals and things. It was a strange way to grow up surrounded by the filth from the animals and the garbage she collected. I used to get angry with her because I didn't understand why she forced all of us to live in those conditions....I still don't...
    Powderblue Powderblue 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 27, 2010

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    Studies On Relationships And Hoarding

    Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting two online studies about the relationships of individuals with OCD or hoarding. Each study involves completing questionnaires online about relationships, emotions, OCD, and hoarding. You must be at least 18 to...
    amyp100 amyp100 31-35, F Aug 16, 2012

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    Recent Visit To My Hoarding Parents

    Here is my account of the the week I recently spent with my parents who are hoarders"My father doesn't recognize me"I arrived unannounced. I didn't know how capable they would be to pick me up at the airport, so I didn't want to put them out of their way. I just called the house...
    sleepless9212 sleepless9212 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 28, 2013

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    Myself

    I have OCD. What'cha expect? I can't help it, & people try to verbally chastize me all the time.
    otad12 otad12 31-35, F Sep 17, 2009

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    A Shorty Story On Hoarding -- Development

    We are called the sandwich generation -- caught between caring for our parents and our children. But I have no children; nothing to turn my attention from Mom. I just get open-faced absurdity. My thumb is doing calisthenics lifting corners of fashion magazines. The rest of me...
    rockylewis rockylewis 36-40 1 Response Nov 21, 2011

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    I Love My Mother

     Upon discovering the A&E show "Hoarders", the Children of Hoarders website and this group I have finally decided to muster up some courage to tell my story.  My mother is a compulsive hoarder. Or at least I think she is. Based on my experience of...
    IronJawedTat IronJawedTat 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 1, 2009

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    Ultimate Hoarding Mess

        My name is josh and i wanted to post the story of the mess my gandparents left behind for me and my parents to clean up its pretty crazy.  My grandparents both passed away within about a year of each other and nobody realized what they had left for us lol...
    king533kc king533kc 26-30 1 Response Sep 12, 2010

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    Mom Is A Hoarder :(

    I just realized today after waking up and seeing so much junk all over our house that my mother is a hoarder, I feel like a bandage was ripped from my eyes. Worst part is i don't know how i let it get so bad to the point where everything in this house disgusts me. Now i...
    ToxicBrownies ToxicBrownies 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 7, 2013

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    Living With An Insane Pack Rat

    I think my boyfriend is a hoarder? Or he is absolutly out of control messy. He works outside the home and I run an online business or trying to! He wants the house perfectly neat and orderly when he gets home, but there is much junk of his that I can't keep up anymore, I've...
    eclecticboho eclecticboho 26-30 4 Responses Jun 1, 2011

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    Know A Hoarder In Southern California?

    New tasteful docu-series on a major cable network is looking for people who hoard, and have "inherited" it from their parents. We have a top-notch, licensed therapist who will be helping the family embrace a happy future. You will be compensated for your time, and also receive...
    janesmith12 janesmith12 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 26, 2013

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    Dude You Don't Even Know

    I don't even know where to start my boyfriend is a hoarder. He has things everywhere. I have packed everything up in plastic containers. His stuff is in closets and takes up most of our home. I have gotten rid of things here and there. They are not useful and take up space for...
    Shaneking Shaneking 31-35 Aug 21, 2012

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    Family Hoarding

    My husband's parents are hoarders and they have passed this on the their 4 children.  The first time I went to visit, I was appauled that anyone would have a seperate building that was full of stuff.  The house is also a cluttered mess.  The extra building was probably 1500...
    GRAMMYKAREN51 GRAMMYKAREN51 56-60 1 Response Apr 18, 2011

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    My 13 year old son is high functioning. He was diagnosed when he was 4, but we knew before that. It just took that long for the doctors to catch on. He's the sweetest boy- so...
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    Letting go of someone, someone you love, how do you do that? You know in your heart you should... you must... yet, your body trembles at the mere thought if it.The only choice you...
    WithGracefulness WithGracefulness 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 30

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    Never had love...Forever maybe.. Nobody loves me... I always try love someone ,I think I can have love back to me..But this is actually usually opposite to my thoughts .. I should...
    Farmerwork Farmerwork 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 25

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    For 8 years. I was with a man I adored, admired and loved. He was 10 years older to me but I loved him. I loved him from the bottom of my heart. But you know what? He didn't love...
    ira01 ira01 26-30, F 10 Responses Nov 2

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    Some people think this is stupid, because I'm young, and it wasn't that long. What did I expect right? .... I loved this boy. Well I don't love him at first. But I came to love...
    LittlemsA LittlemsA 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 2

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    Many years ago, I came upon a girl on a forum of this website that I recently had joined. It wasn't long though until I ended up falling in love with her, but then I did the...
    LegendaryHero7 LegendaryHero7 18-21, M Nov 14

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    I love someone that doesn't love me. It hurts so bad. I'm still not over him. I don't think I ever will be.
    Pereiranatalie Pereiranatalie 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    So yeah I loved someone who didn't love me, I gave him my all, I loved him at his worst and tried to be the one to show him how great he really was, i always listened, and made him...
    Lai96 Lai96 18-21, F 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    My girl makes me feel so happy yet so sad. We've been going on 6 months daiting and I know I haven't been the greatest person. I've lied to her a couple times of small things so...
    slickchickeli slickchickeli 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 24

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    Imagine spending 10 months totally obsessed with your partner.. And when it ends you soon realise that the person they portrayed wasn't real. That feeling you thought was mutual...
    TansssIBDxUC12 TansssIBDxUC12 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 31

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    that feeling when you see the one you love happy with someone else
    yesrancien yesrancien 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 9

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    I met my ex-girlfriend online and honestly that didn't make a difference. Our relationship was still real and I loved her with all my heart.
    LifeIsAChoice LifeIsAChoice 13-15, F Oct 23

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    I have never met my boyfriend. I've been together with him for 6 months, and I love him with all my heart. He is 8 years older than me
    berithepso berithepso 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 24

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    This is the story of my 7 years love struggle with Linda. When i was 21, there was a girl in my neighborhood called Lucy, Lucy was 6 years young than i am, when she was a toddler...
    lawrencepurity lawrencepurity 26-30, M Nov 4

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    Two broken lives, become one whole: A story of two troubled people just looking for love. Brittaney: How we met I don't remember the first time we met, it must have been a random...
    Douglas2275 Douglas2275 18-21, M Nov 14

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    Sometimes I do or say some stupid things ok maybe more than sometimes but I do love you with all my heart and I get really frustrated that I can't give you what I want to give you...
    Sirwithherkey Sirwithherkey 31-35, M Oct 28

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    I loved him with everything and gave my all but it's like you just can't win..
    PrincessKylieP PrincessKylieP 16-17, F Nov 9

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    no offence to women who don't have them but I do love women with curves. That "all about the base" song says it all really.
    ratchetman1138 ratchetman1138 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 9

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    I love men with long hair....... Yeah right!!!!!! Men with long hair I get confused when their back is toward me. I can't tell the difference.
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Nov 15

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    I love boys with Long long long hair and I also love when girls puts their hair up in ponytails with colorful ponytail holders and they also put other girly things in their hair
    PrincessGirls2448 PrincessGirls2448 46-50, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    For the one that will spend the rest of her life with me i will not promise you the moon and the stars but i promise to lay on the grass and watch them with you :)
    yesrancien yesrancien 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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