• Devin Hahn

    Senior Video Producer

    Devin Hahn

    Devin Hahn creates video content for BU TodayBostonia online, and The Brink. He is a producer, a cameraman, an editor, and, under duress, a writer. Profile

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There are 4 comments on When Stuff Takes Over

  1. People who hoard are pathetic. I don’t give a damn if it is a mental illness. It’s pathetic-especially if it is animals. People who hoard animals should be barred from even getting them in the first place. They also have no consideration for those who have allergies or asthma. Someone with allergies or asthma would suffer serious health problems if they entered the home of an animal hoarder. Better yet, throw the hoarders in jail for animal abuse. Take away their animals and then burn down their house.

  2. I believe I am a hoarder. My children are grown and my hoarding has become a problem since my children have left home. My mother and my grand mother also hoard. My grandmother was from a very wealthy family that lost everything in the Great Depression, she was probably about 12 years old. She marries and had 11 children. she lost one child at age 6, he was hit by a car. I think she hoarded before his death. My mother had me at age 16, she and Dad had 6 more children after me. Mom always kept everything and accepted hand me downs as they had very little money. I have 4 children 35, 33, 27, 21 and dont think I hoarded until my first two left home. None of us hoard garbage, but clutter, paper, magazines etc. we all collect freebies…useful items that we do not need.. If someone needs it we would give it to you in a heartbeat. We dont buy new things if something we have serves the purpose. The useful things have taken over! Tomorrow I donate to a thrift shop! hope I can follow through. I need my home and my family back!

  3. I know I am a hoarder; I’m the one in the video. I can’t believe how bad the problem was before treatment at BU and with a therapist. To Jaime: you may not find a support group on campus, but there are some in the Boston area. It is a mental health problem and it’s too bad that someone can be so judgmental and punishing in their viewpoint as Wandering Aimlessly. I guess you would spit on all alcoholics too. It is a complicated problem and very difficult to find help. The stats show that 2 to 5% percent of our population have this mental health issue. That means that their friends and families suffer also. A lot more public education and professional training is needed for this dis-ease.

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