I don’t know what it is lately, but these hoarders and the kids/grandkids who love them have just been choking me up. This week we have a success and a potential backslide. And it’s not who I thought it would be. But, this is mental illness, never forget. It’s a long trudge forward until the walking becomes second nature.
Before we get into this episode, I want to thank all of you who read, link on Reddit, comment on Facebook (and here!), and most especially those of you who get what I’m trying to do, not just with these recaps and discussion posts, but with Hey, Don’t Judge Me. Everyone knows: “You don’t read the comments.” People get nasty and mean, they delight in being rude, cruel or hateful in comment sections, and that just doesn’t happen here.
We’re here to listen and learn, to talk to each other, and often times, whether you, the Reader, know it or not, cheer on the folks this show in particular features. I hear from the hoarders on occasion, and I hear from family members and friends–they all say that they appreciate it. They get encouragement from the thoughtful comments, the worry we share for their safety and health, and I wanted to tell each of you reading this how much I appreciate your support for this website and what it stands for. I don’t get paid to run the place, I do it out of genuine love. So thank you for contributing.
And now, to the rat-mobile. (I just ruined everything, huh?) Continue reading
Once again we’re reminded that hoarding–like most mental illness–affects more than just the hoarder. For children who grow up in a hoarded home, it can have devastating and sometimes life-long effects. Continue reading
We’re back! (Sorry for the delay–feel free to scowl at me for my move not going smoothly.) This episode featured what Matt Paxton said was one of the most difficult hoards (both size-wise and obstinate-hoarder-wise) of his career. This week seems to focus on usefulness. Click the Read More to see how.
We’re back! Thanks for bearing with me last week–I don’t get paid to talk about the shows I love, and there are times when this show hits a little too close to home. That’s when I need to take a breather. But we’re back, and my all-time favorite doctor returns as well. And as Dr. Michael Tompkins explains at one point, “Hoarding is very complicated. There isn’t one thing that contributes to it; it’s many.” Continue reading
Previously: LONDONTOWN, Helena took care of business, Delphine took care of business, Donnie took care of business, Gracie took care of business and Mrs. S sang a song.
I’m not sure how I feel about this season ender. There’s good. There’s bad. It felt disjointed, like a lot of scenes but not a flowing episode. That said, I enjoyed most of it and I’m looking forward to seeing what they pull out for season four. Let’s get started, shall we?
Previously: Cosima resigned, Scott got fired, Helena and Gracie moved in with the Hendrix’s, Donnie picked a losing fight with stupid hair Jason Kellerman, the new cute clone Krystal got captured and switched for Rachel who escaped DYAD because Rachel schooled them all like a boss.
Hey. Can I just lay my head on your shoulder for a minute? Thanks. I’m just… no, I don’t need a drink of water, thank you. I’m just really really tired. Hmm, that’s not the right word, it’s… Fatigued? That’s it. I’m fatigued.
I bet you are, too. Or you should be. What are we doing, guys? What–
Screw it. Let’s do this. And for what it’s worth, I literally write these AS I WATCH, so enjoy the energy drop as you go. EDIT: I am not a book reader. I am deleting comments that mention details from the books. Don’t be that person. If you’re new, now you know: NO BOOK TALK. Continue reading
You all know the drill by now: Hoarding is a mental illness, and we’re respectful of the folks who put themselves out there for public scrutiny in their attempt to better themselves, their families, and their lives. It’s incredibly brave what they’re doing, and we here at HDJM want to encourage them (and anyone reading) on that path to wellness by being kind and thoughtful as they take that journey.
“This is never what I intended for my kids. Intellectually I know it’s wrong; I just don’t know how to fix it.” And that, in a nutshell, is the heartbreak of this disorder, isn’t it? Let’s meet Michelle. Continue reading
Previously: Helena and Mrs. S. punch and hug it out. Alison’s Mom is the worst but Alison and Donnie still managed to buy the soap shop Bubbles from her. Donnie brings the wrong envelope and almost gets his nose chopped off by the drug lord Pouchy. Cosima pretends to be Alison for a bit. Alison gives a terrific speech for school trustee. Rachel has to learn Agricola as a cover for her translating her Father’s secret code. Cosima doesn’t want to give Delphine her pee.
FUN FACT: I just learned that the titles for the Season 3 episodes are quotes from the farewell address of Dwight Eisenhower. Season 2 are all quotes from the works of Sir Francis Bacon and Season 1 are quotes from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. The more you know! *rainbow*