Posts Tagged ‘Hoarding’

Fill Your Holidays With Marathons From Discovery Communications

December 21, 2011 | by gweiswasser

If you’re looking at long days ahead at your in-laws’ and wondering how you’re going to pass those hours, we have just the answer for you: marathons of your favorite Discovery Communications programs! Here’s a guide to what we’ve got over the next week or two:

Discovery Fit & Health’s ‘Psych Week’ Debuts Sunday

May 20, 2011 | by aharris

Discovery Fit & Health LogoDiscovery Fit & Health‘s programming often sheds light on people living through extraordinary circumstances — from families struggling to help their ill children to individuals battling unusual addictions. From May 22 to 27, the network returns with Psych Week, delving into the human psyche and the very real diseases that affect people’s lives everyday.

Psych Week begins Sunday at 7pm ET with a primetime marathon of Hoarding: Buried Alive. You can find the full schedule for the week online, along with a useful mental health guide covering a wide range of disorders. One particularly unforgettable special is Born Schizophrenic (Tuesday, May 24 at 9pm ET), which tells the story of January Schofield who was diagnosed as schizophrenic at the age of five. Her family’s story (watch a preview below) is shocking and, above all, heartbreaking.

‘Confessions: Animal Hoarding’ Premieres Wednesday on Animal Planet

July 20, 2010 | by gweiswasser

You’re probably familiar with hoarders — people whose lives are severely impacted by their inability to part with their belongings. But did you know about animal hoarding? Animal hoarding is defined as a compulsive need to possess and control animals. It has no official psychological diagnosis or treatment and, in most cases, the problem is not addressed until it becomes a crime.

Confessions: Animal Hoarding's Don and Some of His Many Cats

Confessions: Animal Hoarding, a new series shedding light on hoarders and their animals, premieres on Wednesday, July 21 at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet.  Each episode delves into the hearts and minds of individuals who hoard a variety of species (cats, dogs, birds, farm animals and fish, to name a few) — one episode even features a woman who lives in a small trailer with 80 dogs. The series also provides an opportunity for family members and friends to help their loved ones and prevent them from spinning further out of control. By partnering in task-force interventions with psychologists, animal welfare experts and veterinarians, they are able to help individuals recognize the root of their issues and take healthy steps to address their animal hoarding.

Here are few interesting facts about animal hoarding that I learned (you can find more on this difficult condition at

  • Approximately 3,500 reported new cases of animal hoarding discovered each year in the U.S.
  • There are approximately 250,000 reported animals that are victims of animal hoarding every year. However, there are many cases that go unreported.
  • Animal hoarding in adults often is triggered by an event or situation such as the loss of or stress in a relationship, economic hardship or a major health issue.
  • Animal hoarders have also been known to hoard objects; approximately 40 percent of object hoarders also hoard animals.