How do I know if I am a compulsive hoarder?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

You can know if you are a compulsive hoarder by asking yourself these questions:

  • Do you avoid getting rid of things?
  • Do you experience anxiety or distress when you attempt to throw something out?
  • Do you fear that you will need what you discarded sometime in the future?
  • Do you collect things you may never use or that have no value?
  • Do you feel compelled to buy (or get free) things even when you don't need them?
  • Do you have little control over your urges?
  • Has your collecting compromised any living space?
  • Is it difficult to cook, clean, or move about your house?
  • Do you have unusual emotional attachments to belongings?
  • Have you been diagnosed with OCD or other mental health disorder?
  • Has your compulsion to hoard affected your work or personal relationships?
  • Are things that should be discarded just getting moved from one place to another (churning)?
  • Do you have additional storage space outside of the home?
  • Are you or your family embarrassed about the clutter?
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, then it might be time to seek professional help.
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