Set your DVRs - New "Hoarders" series debuts Monday

14 August 2009

I’m really excited to watch the new documentary series on A&E Television called Hoarders, which debuts on Monday at 10/9 central on A&E. My good friend, Geralin Thomas, a fabulous organizer in Cary, N.C., is one of the organizers featured on the show. In Monday’s episode, she’s seen helping Jennifer Miller, a mother of three whose husband is also a hoarder.

Geralin was on the Today Show on NBC this morning, with Jennifer, talking about the episode. I’ve been looking forward to seeing Hoarders, but after seeing this interview, I’m all the more excited. You can watch the interview for yourself and decide:

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Jennifer was also on during the first hour of the Today Show, with therapist David Tolin, one of the pioneers in using cognitive behavioral therapy to help hoarders. That interview was great too.

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I’m hopeful that the series, which is produced by Screaming Flea Productions will provide an insightful look into the lives of hoarders. One thing I do know: Geralin did our profession proud on the Today Show this morning!

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Janine, I was just trying to figure out how to send you the Today show link! I have been aware that the program was debuting. I saw another hoarder related episode on “Obsessed” which I believe is also on A&E. Fascinating stuff and a valuable service people like you and Geralin perform. I am getting my DVR ready!

Marita Perlak 08/14/2009 01:43 PM

Thanks for the comment, Marita! I’m glad I saved you the trouble of sending me the Today show link. You’ll have to tell me what you think of the show.

Janine Adams 08/14/2009 02:16 PM

Janine, it’s always flattering to hear that colleagues approve of the way things are being handled, especially delicate situations, so thank you for your nice comments.

I too remain hopeful that Hoarders, Obsessed and Intervention help improve the lives of those who participate.

While the subjects of these 3 A & E Television shows give a lot they receive a lot too; it’s a meaningful first step for those who need and want help. Participating in the show is not a cure. As you know, hoarding is a difficult situation which requires therapy and long-term commitment in addition to categorizing and organizing one’s belongings.


Geralin Thomas 08/15/2009 07:16 AM

Congratulations on your program and best wishes to the patients. CBT is certainly important to treating hoarding and other issues, I believe it should be used in conjunction with appropriate meds. Hoarding isn’t directly related to OCD but the sufferer may have other problems such as bipolar that aggravate the matter.

This is off topic, but many of the current intervention reality or fiction programs ignore the fact that people self medicate with alcohol or drugs to treat depression or bipolar or even hoarding for all I know. Treating the underlying problems with CBT as well as the proper meds is more important than 12 step meetings in my opinion. Using Topamax or Naltrexone among others can block the pleasure sensors drugs or alcohol stimulate.

Maybe it’s worth a try to give Topamax to hoarders as a test. I have taken it to stop drinking with phenomenal results. I am also being treated for bipolar. ssfully

Earl 09/08/2009 01:32 AM

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