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Hoarding? Take this quiz

Oct 24, 2009 | Author: Bio Behavioral Institute

Almost everyone has some packrat tendencies, but not everyone is a compulsive hoarder. Take this quiz, adapted from Dr. Neziroglu’s book “Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding” to help identify if you may suffer from hoarding.
SCORING GUIDE: Add up the responses to all 20 questions to earn a total score.  The higher your total score, the more likely it is that you may be suffering from hoarding. Most points possible- 100. 

This quiz is not intended to be a diagnostic tool.  If you suspect that you suffer from hoarding, please seek an evaluation by a mental health professional trained in the diagnosis of treatment of OCD and related disorders.

Answer the following questions using the grading scale below
not at all                 somewhat            very much
       1             2             3               4              5
1. My posessions are a source of shame.
2. My possessions are a source of conflict with my family.
3. I do not tend to keep my posessions where they belong.
4. I have multiples of many items, e.g. plastic bags, cards, pants of the same color.
5. I buy or pick up alot of items just because there is a chance I may need them in the future.
6. I avoid having people over because of all the mess.
7. I experience anxiety and/or discomfort when attempting to discard possessions.
8. Others may find it difficult to walk through my house because of all the clutter.
9. It is difficult to find things I am looking for in my house.
10. My furniture (table, etc.) cannot be used as intended because it is covered with things.
11. I tend to keep newspapers, articles etc., because I fear needing it in the future or because I don't want to lose out
     on the information.
12. I keep many possessions that I personally find to be unique or perfect.
13. I keep items stored in places outside of where I live (storage places, someone else's house)  because there is not
     enough room in my home.
14. I cannot resist picking up or acquiring free things.
15. Even if I discard some possessions I tend to retrieve them.
16. I think about my possessions a lot.
17. I avoid having necessary repairs because of all the clutter.
18. I excessively keep belongings that remind me of pleasant/negative memories.
19. When I'm throwing things away, I need to go through them to make sure I did not throw anything else out with it.
20. If my family touches or discards my possessions, I get very upset.