Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Screening Quiz

Use this brief screening measure to help you determine
if you might need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis
and treatment of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

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Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have an obsessive-compulsive disorder that needs professional attention. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis of a disorder or take the place of a professional diagnosis or consultation. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.

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Have you been bothered by unpleasant thoughts or images that repeatedly enter your mind, such as...

    1. concerns with contamination (dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation) or acquiring a serious illness such as AIDS?
    No
    Yes

    2. overconcern with keeping objects (clothing, groceries, tools) in perfect order or arranged exactly?
    No
    Yes

    3. images of death or other horrible events?
    No
    Yes

    4. personally unacceptable religious or sexual thoughts?
    No
    Yes

Have you worried a lot about terrible things happening, such as...

    5. fire, burglary, or flooding the house?
    No
    Yes

    6. accidentally hitting a pedestrian with your car or letting it roll down the hill?
    No
    Yes

    7. spreading an illness (giving someone AIDS)?
    No
    Yes

    8. losing something valuable?
    No
    Yes

    9. harm coming to a loved one because you weren't careful enough?
    No
    Yes

    10. Have you worried about acting on an unwanted and senseless urge or impulse, such as physically harming a loved one, pushing a stranger in front of a bus, steering your car into oncoming traffic; inappropriate sexual contact; or poisoning dinner guests?
    No
    Yes

Have you felt driven to perform certain acts over and over again, such as...

    11. excessive or ritualized washing, cleaning, or grooming?
    No
    Yes

    12. checking light switches, water faucets, the stove, door locks, or emergency brake?
    No
    Yes

    13. counting; arranging; evening-up behaviors (making sure socks are at same height)?
    No
    Yes

    14. collecting useless objects or inspecting the garbage before it is thrown out?
    No
    Yes

    15. repeating routine actions (in/out of chair, going through doorway, re-lighting cigarette) a certain number of times or until it feels just right?
    No
    Yes

    16. need to touch objects or people?
    No
    Yes

    17. unnecessary re-reading or re-writing; re-opening envelopes before they are mailed?
    No
    Yes

    18. examining your body for signs of illness?
    No
    Yes

    19. avoiding colors ("red" means blood), numbers ("l 3" is unlucky), or names (those that start with "D" signify death) that are associated with dreaded events or unpleasant thoughts?
    No
    Yes

    20. needing to "confess" or repeatedly asking for reassurance that you said or did something correctly?
    No
    Yes

 

Adapted from Wayne K. Goodman, M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine, 1994. All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only; other use may be prohibited by law.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Aug 2013
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