Hoarding, that is. Yes, it’s the WHO’s decision to class this as a mental health issue, as Tim Worstall pointed out.
…the 50-year-old council worker is surrounded on all sides by his ever-growing collection: 15,000 books and DVDs fill his small bungalow on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
“It’s quite tricky to let go of some stuff,” he admits.
Woods is a hoarder, as is his housemate Lynda. They’re midway through an anxiety-ridden declutter, which has already resulted in one transit van full of “stuff” being taken away, with about six more left to fill. By the end, they hope, there may even be room to sit down.
“If I was living in a big, posh house and had this amount of books on the shelves, they would call it a library,” he said.
“Nobody would go ‘Oh, Lord Toffington is a hoarder!’ But because I’m living in a bungalow and I’m the underclass, I’m a hoarder.”
No, you idiot, it’s because Lord Toffington has the room for the things he buys!
When you’ve got no room to store them, and are forced to sit on piles of them, yet still keep buying them, you’re a hoarder!
An estimated 5% of the UK population have hoarding disorder but experts believe the true figure is higher.
It sure will be, now that it’s a recognised mental disorder, and people can go on benefits for life!
Woods said he did not realise he had a problem until a mental health support worker visited his home three years ago.
“I just thought it was normal to buy a lot of books you don’t necessarily read.”
I know council workers aren’t the brightest, but….