by Josh Ault
Sue Howard's home in Nacogdoches does not look any different than yours. This has not always been the case. Sue suffers from a disorder called hoarding.
Dr. James Buckingham, M.D. says hoarding is a mental disorder. Millions of Americans have the same problem, but don't know they have it. It took awhile before Sue knew what she had. She said, "I knew something was wrong for a long time. I didn't have a name for it. I didn't know what it was."
She started hoarding in 1999, but it wasn't until recently that it started effecting her life. "In 2002 CPS (Child Protective Services) came out, so some neighbors had called about the condition of our home," she said. Sue's four children were removed in 2006 and her marriage fell apart.
She knew she needed help. Sue joined an online support group for hoarding, and started to see a therapist. She has kept her home cleared since August of last year. She says it will be a life long battle.