invertsugar replied to your post: I find watching Hoarders while I clean is helpful. Sorta a horrible, horrible cautionary tale. Esp if I look around my apartment and see anything too similar to what’s playing on screen. (It’s steaming on Netflix, is usually on demand on cable, and probably findable elsewhere online.)
As an actually Hoarder, though, I feel like people using my mental illness as voyeuristic “at least I’m not as bad as THOSE MONSTERS” is really gross. You’re great about supporting hoarders, but it’d be great if your followers were more sensitive too
Totally valid. I like watching Hoarders because it has some good insights into the psychology of the disease and I do genuinely love befores and afters of all sorts, but yeah, it can be voyeuristic. I think that’s why I don’t really like reality TV in general. It all sort of makes me feel a little icky. But then I watch animal rescue shows and it’s like I’m TRYING to make myself cry.
For the record, in case it needs to be said, hoarding is a disease like any mental illness, and should be dealt with respectfully. I’m very sorry.