"Pure Obsessional" OCD is a term for a type of OCD in which an individual reports experiencing obsessions without observable compulsions. These obsessions often manifest as intrusive, unwanted, inappropriate thoughts, impulses or "mental images". While it may seem that the individual has obsessions without compulsions, a review of his/her symptoms almost always reveals various compulsive behaviors, avoidant behaviors, reassurance-seeking behaviors, and "mental compulsions" which are not at first as easily observed as other, more obvious OCD compulsions.
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 Pure Obsessional 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 Pure Obsessional (“Pure O”).
I worry excessively that, if I don’t perform certain superstitious behaviors, bad things will occur and it will be my fault (i.e. needing to count to certain number or cross my legs in order to prevent mom from dying.
hours per day having obsessions.
26. The primary focus of my unwanted obsessions 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 Pure O treatment.
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