nurses as hoarders

  1. 1 Are there a lot of hoarders who are nurses or a lot of nurses who are hoarders? Interesting concept.

    http://childrenofhoarders.com/wordpress/?page_id=1624

    "10/21/04
    Interview with owner of DisasterMasters
    , cleaning service in NY:

    Who is most likely to be a compulsive hoarder?
    Alford says that through his work he has noticed that "the people who suffer the
    most from compulsive hoarding are people in the health care industry"
    . Health care worker, nurses, social workers, and even psychiatrists are among his clients. He says this is because some health care workers are so focused on helping others that they never get around to learning how to take care of themselves.

    The second largest group of compulsive hoarders consists of schoolteachers and professors, says Alford.
    "
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  3. Visit  Mulan profile page

    About Mulan

    Joined Oct '04; Posts: 2,255; Likes: 3,238.

    39 Comments so far...

  4. Visit  GrnTea profile page
    9
    These guys must've seen my desk.
    NF_eyenurse, tewdles, sharpeimom, and 6 others like this.
  5. Visit  VioletKaliLPN profile page
    6
    I do not hoard, I collect. :P

    I am not BAD, I promise. I am not TV show worthy, I promise.
  6. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
    5
    My bedroom may or may not resemble something on a hoarders documentary, but I always make sure that my patients rooms are neat and tidy.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Daisy_08, poppycat, and 2 others like this.
  7. Visit  marycarney profile page
    1
    Hey- how did you get access to my hall closet?
    poppycat likes this.
  8. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
    3
    true hoarding to me, is a devastating mental illness, that spirals so out of control that it impedes the hoarder from having healthy loving relationships;
    creates havoc on all family members and friends;
    and takes a long time to try and recondition their thought processes.

    i too am a "collector"...
    can't resist them bargains, lol.
    but i can also understand and acknowledge that i probably didn't need those bargain italian leather shoes that weren't even my size.
    hoarders cannot understand these concepts.

    i do however, possess one (conscious) borderline quality that may qualify me as a hoarder...
    as i do not know when or how to stop buying vintage fabrics.
    whether it is fabric from a bolt, a tablecloth, a skirt, a bedspread (etc)...
    if i love the fabric and it is a steal of a price, i get it.
    go ahead...just ask the gazillion packed boxes in my garage.

    leslie
    tntrn, Liddle Noodnik, and jadelpn like this.
  9. Visit  twopurpleskittles profile page
    3
    I was absolutely a hoarder of dressing supplies when I worked home care!!! I had 6 crates in my trunk! Nothing worse that admitting a pt and not having what's ordered for wound care with you. I made damn sure that didn't happen to me. Lol.
    I also have a very organized hoard of paper crafting supplies.
  10. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
    0
    My mother is definitely borderline. I never realized how bad it was as a child, I just thought our house was messy.. She's a nurse as well.
  11. Visit  Fiona59 profile page
    2
    Step away from my pen hoard, erg, stash, uhm, collection!
    poppycat and twopurpleskittles like this.
  12. Visit  Sunny68 profile page
    0
    Interesting topic, though I have to admit that I too like to buy stuff, but only at a good price mind you. Though I am always giving away unwanted items or things that I decided that I did not need. Am I a hoarder, maybe the beginning of one, like most of us it seems.

    I do know about others but I find myself noting that with having to be so focused and controlled that when I get home I let go of the control, just to find peace and to clear my mind. So with that said, my house can get topsy turvey, but then my OCD kicks in and I spend hours cleaning and getting it back into order... well most of it anyway, my room is still my sanctuary.
  13. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
    4
    Quote from Mulan
    Are there a lot of hoarders who are nurses or a lot of nurses who are hoarders? Interesting concept.Occupations of Our Parents » Children of Hoarders
    "10/21/04Interview with owner of DisasterMasters, cleaning service in NY: Who is most likely to be a compulsive hoarder? Alford says that through his work he has noticed that "the people who suffer themost from compulsive hoarding are people in the health care industry". Health care worker, nurses, social workers, and even psychiatrists are among his clients. He says this is because some health care workers are so focused on helping others that they never get around to learning how to take care of themselves. The second largest group of compulsive hoarders consists of schoolteachers and professors, says Alford."
    I've always hated when people say "I spend so much time taking care of others, I never learned how to take care of myself." Talk about being a martyr and passive agressive.....
    amoLucia, noyesno, Hygiene Queen, and 1 other like this.
  14. Visit  NurseDirtyBird profile page
    4
    I spend a lot of time fighting my husband's hoarder tendencies. He's a cop though, not a nurse, but probably still falls in that "taking care of others, blah blah blah" category. Here's a funny story that will give you an idea of what goes on here: When I was finished with nursing school, my dad bought me a nice Littman stethescope. I had two pieces of junk from the school bookstore that I clearly didn't need any more, so I threw them out. They were pretty close to worthless anyway. I come home two days later, and see them both in the garage, on a pile of stuff (haha, the garage IS a "pile of stuff"). I go inside and ask him, "Did you seriously GO THROUGH THE GARBAGE?" He says, "Yeah. I don't understand why you threw that stuff away. I could use the stethescopes for working on cars." My argument went as follows: 1) we both have fairly new cars; 2) you haven't needed to use a stethescope for working on any cars in the last two years, and I've had them for that long; 3) They were awful and you couldn't hear anything with them anyway and; 4) YOU DUG THEM OUT OF THE GARBAGE! EWWWW!

    It was at that point I realized he had a bit of a problem. I know I'm not a meticulous housekeeper, but I also don't enjoy living amongst piles of crap everywhere. I have to fight his hoarding all the time, and whenever I have a small victory, like cleaning out a closet or something, he manages to fill it full of junk again in a couple weeks. It's maddening. At the beginning, I was wondering if he expected me to pick up after him all the time, and that's why he left a trail of crap following him everywhere he went. Then I saw his parents' house. His mom didn't pick up after him, or anyone else for that matter. He was raised in a hoarder house, so I guess he comes by it honestly.
    sharpeimom, salvadordolly, tewdles, and 1 other like this.
  15. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
    6
    I'm not a hoarder because I'm not actively acquiring things. Hoarders spend time looking for things to collect, acquire, and take home.

    However, my house looks like a hot mess. I like to say that I live in cluttered comfort...
    tewdles, Patchouli, NurseDirtyBird, and 3 others like this.


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