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Dr. Tolin digs deep into Carol's past to find out why she allowed her house to get so out of control. Carol says that she has suffered several severely traumatic experiences. She says she believes one of her husbands raped her on their wedding night. She says that when she was working as a real estate agent, she lost part of a finger in a struggle with an armed invader in a model home. And just two years ago, Carol says she was told to give her dying mother morphine to help her breathe better, which killed her.

"With all of the terrible things that have happened to you, you've developed this sense of guilt and shame and feeling like you ought to be punished," Dr. Tolin says. "I'd like you to start to recognize that you are a good person, not a bad person. You're not responsible for all of the bad things that have happened."
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FROM: Inside the Secret Lives of Hoarders
Published on May 06, 2005

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