OCD Self-Assessment

Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether you might have OCD.

Part A Y N
Have you been bothered by unpleasant thoughts or images that repeatedly enter your mind?
1 Such as concerns with contamination (dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation) or getting a serious illness such as AIDS?
2 Over-concerns with keeping objects (clothing, shopping, tools) in perfect order, or arranged exactly?
3 Mental images of death or other horrible events?
4 Personally unacceptable religious or sexual thoughts?
Have you worried a lot about terrible things happening, such as:
5 Fire, burglary, or flooding the house?
6 Accidentally hitting a pedestrian with your car or letting it roll down the hill?
7 Spreading an illness (giving someone AIDS)?
8 Losing something valuable?
9 Harm coming to a loved one because you weren’t careful enough?
Have you ever worried about acting on an unwanted and senseless urge or impulse such as:
10 Harming a loved one, inappropriate sexual contact, poisoning dinner guests?
Have you felt driven to perform certain acts over and over again, such as:
11 Excessive or ritualized washing, cleaning, or grooming?
12 Checking light switches, water faucets, the stove, door locks, or your car’s emergency brake?
13 Counting, arranging, evening-up behaviors (making sure socks are the same height)?
14 Collecting useless objects or inspecting the garbage before it is thrown out?
15 Repeating routine actions (going in/out of a chair, going through a doorway, re-lighting a cigarette) a certain number of times, or until it feels ‘just right?’
16 Need to touch objects or people?
17 Unnecessary re-reading or re-writing, re-opening envelopes before they are mailed?
18 Examining your body for signs of illness?
19 Avoiding colors (“red” means blood), numbers (“13” is unlucky), or names (those that start with “D” signify death) that are associated with dreaded events or unpleasant thoughts?
20 Needing to “confess” or repeatedly asking for reassurance that you said or did something correctly?
Part B
The following questions refer to the repeated thoughts, images, urges, or behaviors identified in Part A. Consider your experience during the past 30 days when selecting an answer. Select the most appropriate response that applies to you.

0- None 1- Mild (less than 1 hour) 2- Moderate (1 to 3 hours) 3- Severe (3-8 hours) 4- Extreme (more than 8 hours)

1 On average, how much time is occupied by these thoughts or behaviors each day?
2 How much distress do they cause you?
3 How hard is it for you to control them?
4 How much do they cause you to avoid doing anything, going any place, or being with anyone?
5 How much do they interfere with school, work or your social or family life?

Scoring the OCD Self-Assessment Test

If you answered YES to 2 or more of the questions in Part A, and scored 5 or more on Part B, you may want to see a physician, a mental health professional, or a patient advocacy group (such as the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Inc.) to obtain more information on OCD and its treatment.

Remember, a high score on this questionnaire doesn’t necessarily mean you have OCD only an evaluation by an experienced clinician can make this determination.