Once again, TV is bringing us into the troubling world of the often misunderstood mental condition known as compulsive hoarding with TLC's new season of the documentary series Hoarding: Buried Alive.
The show follows people who have amassed thousands upon thousands of useless items that pile up in their homes, leading to very real health and safety hazards.
The show examines the compulsion and documents the people in the hoarders' lives who are trying to help them overcome their strange addiction.
In this first look clip from the season premiere of the show, we meet a little person who lives with her mother in a house packed floor-to-ceiling with precarious piles of garbage, clothes, newspapers and other odds and ends that they cannot bring themselves to get rid of.
As an eye-opening test, the two women living in the house try to undergo a fire drill, where the house is filled with fog and they are awoken with an air horn. They must see how long it takes them to get out of their home to safety.
As they try to leave their house, they are blocked and trapped by the many piles of hoarded items, making it almost impossible to get out, meaning in a real fire they would have likely died.
The sobering season premiere of Hoarding: Buried Alive airs Wednesday October 30 at 10/9c on TLC.