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