Psychologists Speak Out About Illness of Hoarding - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Psychologists Speak Out About Illness of Hoarding

Posted:
 DOVER, Del.- A few items here and a few items there. Before you know it you're hoarding.

It may sound innocent enough, but psychologists say hoarding is a serious problem.

"To get rid of the items, newspapers, junk mail, if they throw it away it's like they're losing a piece of their identity," said Linda C. Goodnight, a psychologist at A Center for Wellness in Dover.

There she has seen her fair share of hoarders.

"They've gone through some type of trauma in their life sometimes," said Goodnight. "Sometimes it is depression. Sometimes it's ADHD. There are so many variables. Everyone is different on how they handle things."

Goodnight says hoarding can start as early as three-years-old and it normally peaks around 13-years-old. Holding onto items is their way of coping with deeper issues.

"They don't make decisions and they don't have to worry about the guilt," said Goodnight. "They just put it out of their mind and go onto something else."

She goes on to saying that tough love is not the answer when dealing with a hoarder.

"The person really needs therapy to be able to help them not be hoarders anymore," said Goodnight. "It's a long process. It's not something that can change overnight because they're holding onto those items as a sense of identity."

The more light is shed on the problem, the better chance hoarders have of getting the help they truly need.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Upcoming Legislation In Maryland Has Gun Owners Outraged

    Upcoming Legislation In Maryland Has Gun Owners Outraged

    Maryland gun owners are worried about two big bills that will be discussed at the state capital next week. 

    House Bill 612 aims to place AR-15 HBAR rifles as a "regulated firearm."  If passed by the house, the law would only grandfather in rifles purchased after October 1, 2013. Those purchased after 2013 would have to be returned. 

    More

    Maryland gun owners are worried about two big bills that will be discussed at the state capital next week. 

    House Bill 612 aims to place AR-15 HBAR rifles as a "regulated firearm."  If passed by the house, the law would only grandfather in rifles purchased after October 1, 2013. Those purchased after 2013 would have to be returned. 

    More
  • Wroten Island Naval Plane Crash Mystery Unfolds

    Wroten Island Naval Plane Crash Mystery Unfolds

    The mysterious plane crash on Wroten Island that WBOC reported back in November of 2018 is now being told publicly for the first time in 65 years.

    After the original story aired, WBOC received an email from one of the previous owners of Wroten Island.  After meeting with that man, Philip Inglehart and longtime friend, Michael Keyser the mystery unfolded on camera. 

    More

    The mysterious plane crash on Wroten Island that WBOC reported back in November of 2018 is now being told publicly for the first time in 65 years.

    After the original story aired, WBOC received an email from one of the previous owners of Wroten Island.  After meeting with that man, Philip Inglehart and longtime friend, Michael Keyser the mystery unfolded on camera. 

    More
  • Iconic Delaware Farm Has Plans to Reopen

    Iconic Delaware Farm Has Plans to Reopen

    An iconic Delaware farm, popular with many on Delmarva, is making plans to reopen after a costly fire.

    The owners of Willey Farms say they're planning to open up a temporary selling spot where people can buy plants, herbs, and other items. The farm plans to open the temporary market before Easter.

    More

    An iconic Delaware farm, popular with many on Delmarva, is making plans to reopen after a costly fire.

    The owners of Willey Farms say they're planning to open up a temporary selling spot where people can buy plants, herbs, and other items. The farm plans to open the temporary market before Easter.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices