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Could You Suffer From Hoarding? Take This Quiz

20 Questions
Mental Illness Quizzes & Trivia

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.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    If my family touches or discards my possessions, I get very upset.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 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.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 3. 
    I can not resist picking up or acquiring free things.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 4. 
    Even if I discard some possessions I tend to retrieve them.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 5. 
    I think about my possessions a lot.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 6. 
    I avoid having necessary repairs because of all the clutter.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 7. 
    I excessively keep belongings that remind me of pleasant/negative memories.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 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.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 9. 
    I buy or pick up a lot of items just because there is a chance I may need them in the future.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 10. 
    I avoid having people over because of all the mess.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 11. 
    I experience anxiety and/or discomfort when attempting to discard possessions.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 12. 
    Others may find it difficult to walk through my house because of all the clutter.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 13. 
    It is difficult to find things you are looking for in my house.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 14. 
    My furniture (table, chairs, etc) cannot be used as intended because they are covered with things.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 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.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 16. 
    I keep many possessions that I personally find to be unique or perfect.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 17. 
    My possessions are a source of shame.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 18. 
    My possessions are a source of conflict with my family.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 19. 
    I do not tend to keep my possessions where they belong.
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much

  • 20. 
    I have multiples of many items, e.g. plastic bags, cards, pants of the same color...
    • A. 

      1 - Not at all

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3 - somewhat

    • D. 

      4

    • E. 

      5 - very much