[Self-Test] Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults
A person suffering with OCD may obsess about germs or safety, and find relief from the associated anxiety only when performing rituals such as repetitive hand washing or ritualistic locking and unlocking of doors. If you suspect you might have OCD, take this simple screener test to determine whether your symptoms warrant a visit to a trained health care professional.
Reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
OCD is characterized by three features:
1) Obsessions, which are unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that trigger distress.
2) Compulsions, which are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person uses to neutralize or counteract a negative feeling or thought.
3) Anxiety. OCD can be diagnosed if someone has either obsessions or compulsions, or both. Stereotypes about the condition abound, but the reality is complex and nuanced. Since obsessions and compulsions can take on any form — and OCD varies widely in severity — diagnosis can be difficult, and usually requires a therapist specially trained in the condition.
If left untreated, symptoms of OCD can grow in severity until they seem to take over a patient’s life. The good news is that, following an accurate diagnosis, most patients who pursue treatment see an improvement in their OCD symptoms over time.
If you think your unwanted obsessions, rituals, or daily anxiety might be due to OCD, take this simple screener test and take the results to a mental health professional for evaluation.
Adapted from the Do I Have OCD? screener from OCD Action, developed by Professor Wayne Goodman of the University of Florida. This is not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about possible OCD see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation.