May I Help You Help Yourself?

About this episode

Mental health conditions and behavioral disorders are more prevalent now than ever, with the spending on mental health treatment and services estimated at over $225 billion annually (2019). And with this situation has come the rise of self-help reality shows. 

Today’s episode focuses on two such shows, A&E’s long-running series “Hoarders” and “My Cat from Hell” which ran on Animal Planet for 10 seasons. 

From the debate over the treatment methods used in shows like “Hoarders” and “The Biggest Loser” to the discussion of standout moments (the 911 cat, anyone?), this lively episode will not only entertain, but also leave you wondering about your own stance on self-help reality TV.   

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Show Notes for Episode 34!

Hoarders picture
Jackson Galaxy, host of My Cat From Hell, which ran on Animal Planet
Chicago Tribune 

Jackson working with a cat on the show


“Mental Health,” World Health Organization

“Expert teams needed to manage hoarding, which worsened during pandemic,” Sunday Times, by Claire Keeton, March 22, 2022

IMDB: Hoarders

“What is Hoarding Disorder?” American Psychiatric Association

“‘Hoarders’ Pro Organizer Dorothy Breininger on Digging Deeper for Season 13,” TV Insider, by Scott Fishman, October 18, 2021

“Hoarding Disorder: Symptoms and Causes,” Mayo Clinic 

“Jackson Galaxy wanted to be a rock star, and now he makes bad cats good on ‘My Cat From Hell’, which is as amazing as a headline about him with no cat puns,” Chicago Tribune, by Allison Stewart, January 16, 2020

“Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy comes to Portland,” Portland Tribune, by Jason Vondersmith, November 28, 2018

“’My Cat From Hell’ and Jackson Galaxy Are Back to Help Freaked Out Felines Weather Quarantine,” People, by Kelli Bender, July 16, 2020

Bonus: Meet Ashley’s Cats

L to R: Rooney, Willow, Henry & Roxie
Bottom: Scotty

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