On last night's episode of Hoarders—A&E's new reality series about the treatment of those who suffer from the pathological condition—one compassionate therapist cleaned out her patient's bathroom, which was covered in human excrement.
According to another therapist treating another patient on the show, researchers have recently discovered that hoarding, much like addiction, could be genetic.
She also explains that a hoarders' behavior might seem jarring to most people, particularly in the treatment process. The woman in the clip below is Linda. She's been a hoarder for quite some time and she and her husband of several decades recently divorced. She's being forced to sell her home to divide the assets, and, when the cleanup crew arrived, she began violently throwing things into the truck, as a form of catharsis.