obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Online OCD Test

If you are struggling with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, you may be wondering if you have symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. Our OCD test can help you identify whether you should follow up with a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of OCD.  

What is OCD? 

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by high anxiety provoking obsessive thoughts combined with an urge to do something to get rid of them.

Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive (can’t get it out of your head) thoughts, images or impulses that occur over and over again, feel outside your control and cause distress or anxiety. 

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that are used to “get rid of”, neutralize or counteract obsessions, and escape or reduce anxiety. 

Compulsive behaviors may include hand washing, checking, counting, cleaning, repeating, or ordering/arranging. Mentally reviewing events repeatedly to prevent harm is an example of a mental compulsion.

These examples are ways to you might feel compelled to get rid of the anxious thoughts. Unfortunately they only provide temporary relief. 

Though not all forms of OCD have obvious compulsive behaviors. The OCD quiz can help you recognize if the anxiety you are experiencing is related to OCD.

OCD Screening & Severity Test Only

This quiz does not serve as a diagnosis of OCD. 

This OCD test is a screening tool to help you identify whether you do have OCD symptoms as well as identifying the severity of your symptoms. However, only a trained medical or mental health professional can give you a diagnosis of OCD.

Even if your OCD symptoms are mild, getting treatment sooner than later can help prevent symptoms from worsening.

And, if your screening results indicate no presence of OCD, you may still benefit from an assessment with a trained therapist to rule out related mental health concerns and cope with general anxiety or stress. 

OCD can occur alongside mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Or be specific symptoms of eating disorders or body dysmorphia. It can be helpful to take other mental health screenings to help you get a clear picture.  

Effective Treatments for OCD are Available

If your OCD test results indicate that you do have OCD symptoms, especially if the severity is medium or high, we strongly recommend that you make an appointment with a mental health professional for diagnosis and OCD treatment.

There are several effective treatment approaches for OCD. Bring a copy of your results from the OCD test to your first appointment. 

The unwanted thoughts and behaviors you might be experiencing can be overwhelming and you might not know what can be done to alleviate your symptoms. However, OCD is manageable.

If you are diagnosed with OCD, know that you are not alone. Approximately 1 in 100 adults have OCD and 1 in 200 children and teens have OCD. 

Notices About This Online OCD Quiz 

This is an OCD test for adults and is not intended to screen for OCD symptoms in children.

However, OCD can start at any age from preschool to adulthood.

If you suspect that your child or teen is displaying signs and symptoms of OCD, you can have them screened by a child therapist. There are other other conditions that can be confused with OCD. It’s important to get a thorough screening for your child/teen so you can begin effective interventions. 

This OCD screening test does not screen for Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Postpartum OCD is characterized by upsetting, intrusive, repetitive thoughts or images specific to your baby along with compulsions to ease the anxiety. The thoughts and images can be especially frightening and is commonly overlooked by health care professionals. Typically, these OCD symptoms are something never experienced before.

If you have recently had a baby and are having scary thoughts, reach out to one of our Perinatal Mental Health Therapists for help. Postpartum OCD is temporary and treatable.  

Take the OCD Test

1. Over the last seven days, how much of your time was occupied by obsessive thoughts? How frequently did the obsessive thoughts occur?
2. Over the last seven days, how much did your obsessive thoughts interfere with your social or work functioning? (If you are currently not working, please think about how much the obsessions interfered with your everyday activities). (In answering this question, please  consider whether there was anything that you didn't do, or that you did less, because of the obsessions).
3. Over the last seven days, how much distress did your obsessive thoughts cause you?
4. Over the last seven days, how often did you try to disregard or ignore these obsessive thoughts and let them pass naturally through your mind? (Here we are not interested in how successful you were in disregarding your thoughts but only in how much or how often you tried to do so).
5. Over the last seven days, how successful were you at ignoring or disregarding your obsessive thinking? (Note: Do not include here obsessions stopped by avoidance or doing compulsions.)
6. Over the last seven days, how much time did you spend performing compulsive behavior? How frequently did you perform compulsions? (If your rituals involve daily living activities, please consider how much longer it took you to complete routine activities because of your rituals).
7. Over the last seven days, how much did your compulsive behaviors interfere with your social or work functioning? (If you are currently not working, please think about your everyday activities).
8. Over the last seven days, how did you feel or would you have felt if prevented from performing your compulsion(s)? How anxious did you become or would you have become?
9. Over the last seven days, how much  an effort did you make to resist the compulsions? Or how often did you try and stop the compulsion? (Rate only how often or how much you tried to resist your compulsions, not how successful you actually were in stopping them.)
10. Over the last seven days, how much control did you have over the compulsive behavior? How successful were you in stopping the ritual(s)? (If you rarely tried to resist, please think about those rare occasions on which you did try to stop the compulsions, in order to answer this question.)

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