Season four of 'Hoarding: Buried Alive' to be uncovered on July 8

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A new season of TLC's reality TV series based on compulsive behavior, "Hoarding: Buried Alive," is set to debut on July 8, the network has announced.

TLC, formerly "The Learning Channel," said that the fourth season of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" will premiere on Sunday, July 8 at 9PM ET/PT. Hoarding is a psychological disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.

"Hoarding: Buried Alive" explores the psychology behind this type of OCD, in which the sufferer has a compulsion to accumulate and store large quantities of nonessential things, i.e. "hoarding." In each episode, we meet and hear the stories of hoarders who are struggling with behavior - nay, really a disease - that has made living difficult if not nearly impossible for their families as well as themselves.

As many cable series are doing nowadays, this season of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" will be split into two "mini-seasons." The show has eighteen episodes upcoming, and will broadcast them in two separate nine episode sub-seasons.

The first nine new fourth-season episodes will air beginning on July 8th. The remaining nine will be broadcast in early 2013.

The show's fourth season premiere wil lfocus on Cary, 51. He is not just a hoarder, but he is also an Elvis impersonator. Every inch of his 600-square foot apartment has now been taken over by hoarded material. The home is virtually unlivable, and so is his life, as he has very few funds in his bank account. As with many of these types of stories broadcast on reality TV, TLC's experts and analysts will come into his life in an attempt to help him break the cycle.

The show has had three seasons thus far. Although Wikipedia erroneously lists four seasons, that last season, number three, was split into two, just as this one's will be. It had tghe same number of episodes, eighteen, with the last first-run episode being aired on March 11, 2012.

Although most consider hoarding an anxiety disorder, many disagree on its being a form of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD is the fourth most common mental disorder, but in addition to compulsions such as hoarding, those with OCD also suffer from obsessive thoughts.

There is disagreement on hoarding being a form of OCD as many OCD-related symptoms, aside from the compulsiveness in hoarding, do not exist in many patients.

While the disorder is not listed in DSM-IV, the currently proposed DSM-V diagnostic criteria for hoarding disorder are:

  1. Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of the value others may attribute to these possessions. (The Work Group is considering alternative wording: "Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.")
  2. This difficulty is due to strong urges to save items and/or distress associated with discarding
  3. The symptoms result in the accumulation of a large number of possessions that fill up and clutter active living areas of the home or workplace to the extent that their intended use is no longer possible. If all living areas become decluttered, it is only because of the interventions of third parties (e.g., family members, cleaners, authorities).
  4. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning (including maintaining a safe environment for self and others).
  5. The hoarding symptoms are not due to a general medical condition (e.g., brain injury, cerebrovascular disease).
  6. The hoarding symptoms are not restricted to the symptoms of another mental disorder (e.g., hoarding due to obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, decreased energy in Major Depressive Disorder, delusions in Schizophrenia or another Psychotic Disorder, cognitive deficits in Dementia, restricted interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder, food storing in Prader–Willi syndrome).

The DSM could be considered the bible of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

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