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[Self-Test] Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults: OCD Symptoms Test

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 obsessive-compulsive disorder, take this screener test to determine whether your symptoms warrant a visit to a trained health-care professional.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by obsessions (recurring, unwanted thoughts) that lead to compulsions (repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels compelled to perform to “resolve” the obsession) and anxiety. Studies suggest that up to one-third of patients diagnosed with OCD also have attention deficit hyperactivity hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD); both OCD and ADHD typically persist into adulthood. Stereotypes about OCD 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 OCD 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.

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What To Do Next:

1. Learn What Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Looks Like in Adults
2. Download How Are Symptoms of OCD Different from ADHD?
3. Read OCD and ADHD in Contrast
4. Buy the Webinar “The Truth About OCD,” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Updated on August 9, 2019

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  1. Hey. What if i have only one of the above symptoms? I have this excessive need of washing my hands and yes i am afraid of touching things that other people touched or not letting them touch me at all. I’ve checked it again and again but i don’t have any other symptom than this. Let me know whether i have OCD or not.

    1. Hi! You most likely do not. You could just be a germaphobe! If you are still concerned you should get a second opinion, but it is likely you just have a fear of germs/ getting sick. Hope this helps!

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