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