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Hoarder Buried Himself in Atari Games and Bobble Heads

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Lee Shuer's hoarding began a decade ago as he began collecting Atari video games then progressed to vintage art work and musical instruments.

But soon, his apartment was overflowing with bobble heads, collectibles and anything he could get "free or a good deal."

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Does Your Aging Parent Have The Disease of Clutter?

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A 50-year-old businesswoman from southern California recently walked into her 83-year-old father's apartment and nearly passed out from what greeted her. "I thought I had mistakenly entered an unlocked a storage area," she said. "There were stacks and stacks of papers, magazines, books -- literally from the floor to the ceiling."

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Hoarding: How Much Stuff is Too Much?

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"Hoarding: How Much Stuff is Too Much?" features IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board and Speakers Bureau member Dr. Gail Steketee.

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Wall Street Journal: Shop 'Til You Stop: How to Treat Compulsive Spending

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"The whole culture conspires against us in the holiday season," says April Lane Benson, a Manhattan psychologist who has treated compulsive shoppers for 15 years. Besides tempting sales, pressure to top last year's gifts and the urge to shop for oneself, she says, "the holidays bring up a lot of unfulfilled longing for some people—and that's one reason why they shop, as a salve for disappointment."

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Today Show

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Randy Frost and Hoarding on the Today Show today.

Hoarding can hurt homeowner’s insurance coverage

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Hoarders have another reason to get help: Being a hoarder could hinder the ability to get or keep homeowner’s insurance.

The potential pitfalls in the homes of hoarders — people who can’t stop acquiring items and have a hard time getting rid of their belongings — include fire and injury. As a result, hoarders are at a higher risk in the eyes of a home insurer, says Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute

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Almost everyone has clutter, but hoarders take it to extreme

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Some people have a lot of clutter in their homes. Others go to the extreme, living in filth as their lives are destroyed by their hoarding ways. Researchers estimate that 1 in 50 people may have an extreme hoarding problem, but it could be present in as many as 1 in 20.

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