Can you see how this will go?

A tiny wormhole in space has enabled us to read a pitch for a Guardian comment piece from November 2018.

Hoarding has been classified as a medical disorder for the first time by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a move that experts say could benefit thousands of people.

Psychiatrists said the “extremely ­significant” decision would help ­doctors and the NHS identify people struggling with hoarding and improve treatment for a condition campaigners say affects up to 5 per cent of the ­population.

According to the WHO, hoarding disorder is characterised by an “accumulation of possessions due to excessive acquisition of or difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value”.

The rich hoard wealth for no good reason, right, except they’re mentally ill, WHO says so. So we should tax them all 100% for their own mental health!

11 thoughts on “Can you see how this will go?”

  1. Maritime Barbarian

    5%? Really?
    Do I qualify because my garage is full of stuff that “might come in useful some day”?

  2. So…. when I finish one carpentry/electrical/plumbing job I should throw away everything left over, and when I start the next job replace everyyhting I’ve thrown away? Way to love the planet, man! 2.5T+E comes in drums of 100m, not in drums of whatever-this-job-will-take.

  3. Screw treating cancer or getting a GP appointment in under two weeks; we’re too busy prodding our noses into people’s garages.

    It really is a producer-led system. Nobody wants the dirty work wiping old folks’ bums; everyone wants the easy office work making leaflets telling hoarders what to do. (Hint: they’ll just hoard the leaflets.)

  4. Do I qualify because my garage is full of stuff that “might come in useful some day”?

    No. You qualify when your garage is full and your house is packed to the doors and the loft is full and the garden shed is full and the garden is full and it’s spilling out onto the street…

  5. NiV “No. You qualify when your garage is full and your house is packed to the doors and the loft is full and the garden shed is full and the garden is full and it’s spilling out onto the street…”

    And that’s five percent of the population is it?

  6. “And that’s five percent of the population is it?”

    Dunno. So they say.

    Go on ‘Google Images’ and type in ‘hoarder’. Do any of the pictures shown look like your house?

  7. Hoarding isn’t a problem. The mental illness is when you hoard things *of no value*, because your mental illness won’t let you throw anything out.

    I did some research. The 5% is in Wikipedia as “2 to 5%” for a start. That seems at the high end. Most seemed to think it was 0.5 to 1%.

    Moreover this is allowing for the fact that most hoarding isn’t a big problem until people get older. Spouses and family can keep it in check I would guess. So the number of people with houses full of junk is pretty low. Most of those in the 1% are latent.

    I’ve met younger people with it as an issue though. They couldn’t bear to part with old clothes, toys, schoolbooks etc. I can see how if unchecked it would develop worse and worse.

    I always laugh at people with double garages that can’t park their cars in them because they have so much junk. It’s pretty common.

  8. Almost no-one (except the missus) in the UK parks their car in the garage, they’re all out on the street.

  9. Some things are worth keeping. A few years ago I binned my old university lecture notes. But first I looked at them – dear God, how can anyone deny the decline in educational standards over the years? I found topics that had been compulsory freshman physics for me but have now become second year options because they are too difficult for the ickle freshers.

    Treasure the hoard: it might support your understanding of the Decline and Fall.

  10. @Chester Draws, August 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hoarding isn’t a problem. The mental illness is when you hoard things *of no value*, because your mental illness won’t let you throw anything out.

    +1

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