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Exploring Shame as a Predictor of Symptoms and Beliefs in Hoarding Disorder

Take part in an online survey investigating beliefs and symptoms relating to Hoarding Disorder.

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Hoarding Disorder can have negative consequences on various areas of functioning, such as in relationships and emotional wellbeing. This disorder affects 2-6% of the general population, develops slowly, and can be difficult to treat, sometimes because people with Hoarding Disorder are too embarrassed about their problem to seek help. Some people with Hoarding Disorder also lack awareness of their problem with hoarding and how it affects their everyday life.

Investigating beliefs and symptoms relating to Hoarding Disorder in a non-clinical sample can help us gain new insights into the link between shame and beliefs and symptoms of Hoarding Disorder.

Volunteer Criteria

Anyone who can speak English can take part in this survey.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to take part in an online survey. This will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

When and where?

You can take part in the survey any time online until Friday 14th February 2020.

Exploring Shame as a Predictor of Symptoms and Beliefs in Hoarding Disorder Discussion

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  • Ian Fairclough
    10th January 2020

    I did your survey & found one question duplicated - "Have you worried about what other people think of the sort of person you are.

    "Please define "clutter" and define "cluttered."

    I've watched the TV programmes on cleaners & hoarding - where cleaners have gone into a home after the tenant has died, or been admitted to a care home - they have had to fumigate & deep clean rooms because of the "hoarding" habits of the previous occupant - is this the kind of thing you mean?

  • Marjorie  DeAth
    1st December 2019

    I filled in the questionairre but did not think I was a hoarder,although there are habits I have had to break.Ive always felt that the need to hang on to things was connected to living in a post war period when things were not so easily replaced.In younger people I see it also as a form of insecurity and identity......I have things and therefore I am.

    Chloe Novak
    1st December 2019

    Hi Marjorie, thank you very much for completing the questionnaire! That is a really interesting observation that could be looked at in another study