I have been doing research on the topic of hoarding as I prepare to conduct future “sensitivity trainings” for governmental agencies involved with the Hoarding Task Force, as well as law enforcement and the judicial system. In doing so I have interviewed a number of professionals from mental health, fire services, adult protective services, social workers, public defenders, child protective services and others. They all have interesting perspectives and are focused to do their job to “protect the community”, while assuring people are safe and abiding by the health and safety codes. While compiling notes for a new book, I began writing the definitions of hoarding according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual DSM-5 that is used to define mental health disorders. These are very serious issues. As a mental health professional, I understand the criteria that defines the mental health disorder we term as ‘hoarder’. There are many who have seen television programs revealing peoples lives with scenes of chaos and disorganization, with an over abundance of things in every area of their home. Therefore the term hoarder may bring up a negative image. Now for a paradigm shift. If someone were to say to you, ‘Express yourself”. Let your actions speak for you. Don’t hoard what you are! What would they mean? Actually it is a great thing to say to someone. We all have gifts within that can be shared with others and perhaps even make a great contribution to society. Are you hoarding yourself?