Could you Suffer from 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. 

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 you are 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 can not 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 alot. ______
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. ______