Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is often dramatized in the media, but not many fully understand the condition.

Yes, some people with OCD might overly organize, obsessively wash their hands, or perform certain rituals many times a day. But while this might be partially accurate, it does not paint a clear and complete picture.

OCD is characterized by two main components:

  • obsessions: repetitive, unwanted thoughts or images
  • compulsions: repetitive, ritualized behaviors a person is driven to do

Although many people have experienced obsessions and compulsions at some point in their lives, if you have OCD, these thoughts and behaviors often interfere with daily life. The condition can eventually cause problems at home, at work, and in relationships.

A combination of factors is suspected to cause OCD.

If you think you may have OCD, it’s natural to have many questions. Consider taking our brief screening test to help you determine whether you might need to be evaluated by a mental health professional.

Remember: This test is only a screening tool. Only a mental health professional can accurately diagnose the condition and recommend treatment options, if needed.


This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might benefit from an evaluation by a mental health professional for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true by checking the appropriate box next to the item.

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This online screening is not a diagnostic tool. Only a trained medical professional, like a doctor or mental health professional, can help you determine the next best steps for you.

This quiz can’t replace a clinical diagnosis. If you believe you might have bipolar disorder or another condition after taking this test, consider reaching out to a qualified professional about your symptoms.

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