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Buried alive

Those who hoard bear the weight of their mess plus a mental disorder only now being understood. Treatment programs are just beginning.

An Arlington man in his apartment. Despite threats of eviction, he keeps piling up periodicals, saying he'd hate to miss good information.
By Carey Goldberg
Globe Staff / April 2, 2007

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The stacks of newspapers and books rise waist-high in his apartment, and the living room couch is invisible under piles of boxes and bags. The stove is buried in kitchen paraphernalia. Piles of clothes and books on the double bed leave barely enough room for one sleeper. (Full article: 1048 words)

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