Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which an individual experiences obsessions (repetitive, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or images), and/or performs compulsions (repetitive behaviors) in an effort to avoid or decrease the anxiety created by these obsessions. The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers the following brief questionnaire in an effort to help you get a better idea of whether or not you are exhibiting signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Simply check those items that apply to you, and email it to us using the simple form below. While this questionnaire is not meant to replace a thorough evaluation, it may help in identifying traits of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
I repeatedly check, either visually or manually, to be sure that I have properly performed a just-completed task (e.g., looking to be sure I have signed a check, re-opening a mailbox to be sure I have deposited a letter, etc.).
I often count when doing routine behaviors (e.g., locking doors, turning off light switches, turning off stove burners, etc.), and must continue counting until it feels “right” or “OK” (or until I reach a certain number).
I often repeat routine behaviors (e.g., locking doors, turning off light switches, turning off stove burners, etc.) because I am not sure that I have done these behaviors or done them "just right".
I frequently ask others for reassurance that tasks have been properly completed (e.g., Did I close the garage door? or Did you lock up the house when we left?" etc.).
I frequently straighten, arrange, order, or tidy common household objects (i.e., window blinds, rugs, the contents of my desk, closets, cabinets, refrigerator, bookshelves, etc.), in an effort to make them symmetrical or "just right"?
I repeatedly count mundane items that do not really merit counting (e.g., ceiling tiles, floor tiles, books, CDs, clothes, light poles, cars, words, letters, etc.)?
I often have repetitive, intrusive, unwanted thoughts or images in my mind that upset me or make me anxious, and I can't get them out of my mind no matter how much I try.
I often worry excessively about accidentally harming someone (i.e., running over a pedestrian or poisoning my children).
I excessively worry that I will be indirectly responsible for something bad occurring (i.e., “If I don’t pick up this trash, someone may slip on it and break their neck and it will be my fault”).
I frequently worry that, if I don’t perform certain superstitious behaviors, bad things will occur and it will be my fault (i.e. needing to knock on wood, cross my legs a certain way, etc. in order to prevent mom from dying).
I often need to count to a certain number when doing certain behaviors to ensure that bad things do not occur.
I worry excessively about acting in a manner that is sexually inappropriate or illegal (i.e., molesting children, committing incest, committing bestiality).
I worry excessively about offending God or acting in a manner that is counter to my religious beliefs or is sacrilegious.
I often avoid certain people, places, objects, or situations in an effort to ensure that I will not have unwanted thoughts about things which I consider harmful, violent, sexually inappropriate, immoral, or sacrilegious.
I often recite prayers or repeat certain phrases in an effort to rid myself of unwanted thoughts or to ensure that nothing bad happens.
I often repeat routine, daily activities to ensure that I did not harm someone (e.g., driving back to a certain place in the road to reassure myself that I did not run over a pedestrian).
I repeatedly ask others for reassurance that I have not done something "wrong," "bad," or inappropriate, harmful, immoral, or sacrilegious.
I excessively think about normal bodily experiences (i.e., blinking, swallowing, breathing, digesting, sleeping, hearing sounds), and am upset that I cannot control these thoughts.
My obsessions and compulsions are interfering with my relationships and/or with my academic or professional functioning.
29. I spend
hours per day having obsessions and/or doing compulsions.
30. The primary focus of my obsessions and compulsions is:
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This questionnaire was developed partly on the basis of clinical experience of staff therapists at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and partly as an adaptation of various pre-existing psychometric measures, including the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (YBOCS). Please note that the above test is not meant to replace a complete and thorough evaluation by a licensed Cognitive-Behavioral therapist or other qualified mental health professional. Some individuals may benefit from medication, and may therefore benefit from a psychiatric evaluation. Likewise, a psychiatric assessment may be necessary to differentiate between OCD and other psychological conditions. If an evaluation is indicated, the OCD Center of Los Angeles can refer you to a qualified psychiatrist in our area. Furthermore, it is imperative to make the distinction between OCD and other medical conditions. For this reason, in some cases, a medical examination may be a necessary part of OCD treatment.
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