Ariel Trident

Compulsive hoarding

Compulsive Hoarding Defined

  • It is a form of behavior that is categorized by an unnecessary attainment of a huge amount of things and involves the unwillingness to get rid of what is considered not necessary to have in order to have a healthy, functioning life style by most people.

Signs, Symptoms and other features that come with this disorder:

There are several signs and symptoms that you or someone you know has Compulsive Hoarding:

  • Cluttering
  • Unwillingness to get rid of the unnecessary "junk"
  • Distress or problems in day-to-day activities
  • Intense stress when the things aren't where they should be

I would classify the Little Mermaid, Ariel as having this because she has a cave of what most would consider useless junk every where. Although there is junk every where, it is categorized in "their place" of how she specifically has it.

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Difference between collecting and hoarding

  • Collecting- involves you wanting to show off, or proudly display your collection and all the items are usually similar.
  • Hoarding- involves hiding or isolating your things usually because of embarrassment.
The Little Mermaid Part Of Your World HD 1080p
Ariel clearly has a hoarding problem in the movie "The Little Mermaid".
  • In the opening scene it shoes Ariel going through an old sunken ship, searching for anything and everything and not having any clue what it is or what it does At first I didn't think of it as that big of a deal because kids like to go on adventures, explore and find new things right?

Well it wasn't til this that I saw a problem

  • The infamous scene where she sing Part of your World, you see what I refer to it as, her "hoarding cave".
Destruction Of The Grotto
Hoarding also involves an emotional attachment. Here we see that Ariel is attached emotionally to the things she has found and we see this when her father destroys her "hoarding cave"

How this disorder develops and why

Traumatic loss
  • when someone goes through a loss of a loved one, or job, or something dear to them, this can lead to compulsive hoarding.

If one already has another disorder such as

  • OCD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Addictions
  • Personality Disorders
  • Aging with mobility limitations

*Compulsive Hoarding behaviors are more likely among these people*

-All these CAN result as a coping method as to why people do it


The main treatment for this disrder is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT helps you become aware of negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

-So instead of hoarding you find other ways to deal with your life and the problems that come with it.

-CBT is shown to be somewhat effective with helping treat most mental disorders and in one study, there was significant improvements for some people with Compulsive Hoarding.

CBT has improved upon previous pharmacological and

behavioral interventions for hoarding, it has not reached

the degree of benefit achieved by evidence-based therapies

for OCD or other anxiety disorders. This may be in

part because hoarding samples are older, with longstanding

symptoms accompanied by considerable psychiatric

and physical health comorbidity. (Muroff, 2014).

Another treatment is the usage of antidepressant medications


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Melina, R. (2010, August 18). What causes hoarding? Retrieved December 7, 2015, from

Muroff, J., Steketee, G., Frost, R. O., & Tolin, D. F. (2014). Cognitive behavior therapy for hoarding disorder: Follow‐up findings and predictors of outcome. Depression And Anxiety, 31(12), 964-971. doi:10.1002/da.22222

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