Are you a fan of the TV show hoarders like I am? It's a sad, but fascinating look at a serious condition and I'm glad they always try to help the person get better. Here's some tips to spot a hoarder from the staff at the A & E television show.

Hoarders have difficulty or are unable to get rid of furniture, clothing, toys or other items

Large amounts of clutter in the office or at home make it difficult to use furniture or appliances, or move around easily

Hoarders consistently lose important items like money, school permission slips or medical forms

They feel overwhelmed by possessions that have "taken over" the house or workspace

Hoarders excuse their purchases by saying they're buying things because they're a bargain or to stock up

They avoid inviting family or friends home due to shame or embarrassment