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Quiz: Hoarder or messy?
by Staff
Being a collector can be a fun, but what if it begins to affect your health and relationships in a negative way? Take our quiz, packed full of expert information from mental health professionals.

Compulsive hoarding is typically considered what type of mental disorder?

  • anxiety disorder
  • mood disorder
  • psychotic disorder
  • substance disorder

How many Americans are compulsive hoarders?

  • 1.2 million
  • 3 million
  • 20.9 million
  • About half of all Americans

Which of the following is NOT a cause of compulsive hoarding?

  • problems with aggression
  • emotional distress about discarding possessions
  • a strong emotional attachment toward one's possessions
  • trouble deciding what is valuable and what is not

What is the name of the assessment tool developed by the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD)?

  • Simpson-Angus Scale
  • Subjective Well-being on Neuroleptics Scale
  • Clutter-Hoarding Scale
  • Chronic Disorganization Scale

True or false: Not all hoarders excessively collect or save objects; some hoard animals.

  • True
  • False

What is NOT a characteristic of hoarding?

  • repeatedly acquiring and saving unneeded things
  • a living space to clutter by acquisitions it disrupts moving around
  • sleep disturbances
  • procrastination and indecisiveness
  • withdrawal from relationships and activities that were once pleasurable

Hoarding runs in families: True or false?

  • True
  • False

One of the following treatments is not used as a strategy for alleviating hoarding symptoms and triggers:

  • pharmacotherapy
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • residential treatment
  • intensive multimodal treatment
  • psychodynamic therapy

True or false: Hoarding symptoms are commonly seen only in adults.

  • True
  • False

Compulsive hoarders may be at risk for health issues due to all of the following EXCEPT:

  • fire hazards
  • unsanitary conditions
  • obesity
  • stroke
  • cardiac and respiratory problems