Could You Suffer From Hoarding? Take This Quiz

20 Questions  I  By DailyRecordMC on April 5, 2013
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" and created by Bio Behavioral Institute -- to help identify if you may suffer from hoarding. This quiz is not intended to be a diagnostic tool.  If you suspect that you suffer from hoarding, please seeks an evaluation by a mental health professional trained in the diagnosis of treatment of OCD and related disorders. SCORING GUIDE: Add up the responses to the following 20 questions to earn a total score ranging from 20-100. The higher your total score (closer to 100), the more likely it is that you suffer from hoarding.

  

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