For those with a strong stomach, A&E’s long-running series Hoarders can be somewhat addictive. On one hand, you’re grateful not to be living in a house piled high with garbage and cat feces, but on the other hand, you truly feel for the people seen struggling on the show.
Most of the time, the hoarders featured are diagnosed with serious mental issues, ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorder to major depressive disorder. Often, they’re also survivors of abuse, trauma, or neglect.
Though some individuals on the show handle the decluttering and sanitizing process better than others, viewers don’t always get a sense of how participants cope with their illnesses once the cleaning crews have left.
In an effort to rectify that, we combed the Internet for updates on past hoarders from the series. Scroll down for some fascinating behind-the-scenes information.
Is Hoarders real?
Though the series is produced and edited like any reality show, the people featured have very real, and very severe, hoarding problems. One reddit user, whose dad once assisted in a cleanup, confirmed the legitimacy of the show.