The documentary Possessed is a fascinating look into four different individuals and their struggles with hoarding. If you have 20 minutes to spare, take the time to watch this short documentary. Hoarding is a terrible psychological affliction that can render someone trapped in a extremely cluttered home. Martin Hampton does a great job in documenting the extremes of these four individuals.
To see these people talking about their problem puts a personal perspective on this condition. The subjects of this documentary obviously know they have a problem, but find themselves powerless to overcome their addiction to accumulation.
For more information about hoarding and advice to help a hoarder you may know, here are some great books:
- Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
- From Hoarding to Hope: Understanding People Who Hoard and How To Help Them
- Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.